Solar Power


April 8, 2014

Rooftop Solar: A Growing Part of the Clean Energy Mix

PG&E’s celebration of its 100,000th solar customer reflects an amazing milestone, writes Jonathan Marshall in his NEXT100 blog. Thanks to the strong environmental ethic in our region, abundant sunshine, generous state and federal incentives and PG&E’s strong support, the utility now hosts about a quarter of all “rooftop solar” in the United States.

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April 3, 2014

With 100,000 Rooftop Installations, Solar Shines Brightly at PG&E

PG&E continues to chart its course as a national leader in renewable energy. The company is now home to more solar rooftop installations than any other place in the country. It has interconnected more than 100,000 solar rooftops, enabling more than 1,000 megawatts of rooftop solar power in its service area. That is enough to power about 225,000 customer homes for a year.

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March 26, 2014

PG&E Surpasses 20 Percent Renewable Energy Milestone, On Track for 2020 Goals

PG&E has reached an important milestone for California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard – the utility delivered 22.5 percent of its power from eligible renewable resources in 2013 and is on track to meet the state’s clean energy goals for 2020 and beyond.

March 20, 2014

Clean-Tech Fortune Telling

In this NEXT100 blog, Jonathan Marshall looks at a 2008 clean-technology forecast to show that forecasts don’t always foretell the future.

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March 6, 2014

Students Learn Benefits of Solar With Bright Ideas Grant

Students at Emerson Middle School in Bakersfield got to show off what they had learned thanks to a $5,000 PG&E Bright Ideas Grant. The program, which helps to increase the understanding of energy in public schools, allowed the school to buy kits to build solar-powered cars.

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February 24, 2014

PG&E’s Tony Earley Accepts Global Philanthropy Honor for Solar Habitat Program

PG&E and its Solar Habitat program was recognized during an annual event today hosted by the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy (CECP), an organization whose members are CEOs of some of the world’s biggest and most influential companies. PG&E CEO and Chairman Tony Earley accepted the award in New York City.

February 20, 2014

PG&E Volunteers Join Grid Alternatives to Install Solar Panels

Approximately 10 PG&E volunteers joined with solar job trainees from Grid Alternatives today to provide a Yuba City family with solar panels that will nearly eliminate their household electricity bills. The homeowners live in a Habitat for Humanity home completed in 1999.

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February 14, 2014

World’s Largest Concentrating Solar Power Project Flips Switch

The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, located in California’s Mojave Desert, was officially dedicated on Thursday. PG&E is purchasing clean, renewable energy from the plant — the largest solar thermal plant in the world.

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February 6, 2014

New Numbers Confirm PG&E’s Energy Among the Cleanest in Nation

PG&E remains one of the cleanest electric utilities in the country, based on new figures made available by The Climate Registry, a non-profit registry of greenhouse gas emissions for North America. PG&E’s carbon dioxide emissions rate was approximately 30 percent below the California average and about one-third of the national utility average in 2012.

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January 28, 2014

PG&E Offering New Rebates for Solar Water Heating

PG&E is helping promote solar water heating by offering residential and business incentives for new solar thermal installations—mostly for supplementing traditional gas-fired water heaters, but also for new uses such as commercial space or process heating and even for solar cooling.

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January 14, 2014

Bright Ideas Grant Helps Students Learn About Solar Energy Technology

Students at Arroyo Grande High School use PG&E funding to purchase new solar technology for pathway classroom curriculum.

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January 14, 2014

PG&E Helps California Set New Solar Record

As Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog, California passed 3,000 megawatts of utility-scale solar production last week.

January 9, 2014

Clean Energy Poll: And the Winner is . . .

Americans are largely united behind renewable energy and clean transportation, according to a new national consumer survey by Navigant Research — especially solar and wind power, as Jonathan Marshall writes in his NEXT100 blog.

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October 15, 2013

East Bay Cities Set the Pace for Fast-Track Solar Installations

Nine citites along the East Bay’s “Green Corridor” launched a standardized permitting process for the most common photovoltaic systems for single-family homes. As Jonathan Marshall says in his NEXT100 blog, this initiative will dramatically reduce the wait time for basic solar permits.

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October 7, 2013

PG&E Joins Jimmy Carter to Help Build Habitat for Humanity Townhomes

In Oakland, PG&E volunteers joined former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalynn Carter at the kickoff of a Habitat for Humanity coast-to-coast build, a yearly work project that spans the globe to provide quality housing for those in need.

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