2008 Corporate Responsibility Report

How we are creating a smarter foundation for a sustainable future
25,000 Solar Customers and Counting

By making the decision to “go solar,” PG&E customers are helping solar generation become more cost effective and reliable than ever before.

Last year, PG&E and its customers reached a major milestone when the company interconnected its 25,000th “net metered” solar customer. This total represents almost half of such solar systems interconnected in the United States. Net energy metering allows eligible renewable customers to offset the cost of their electric usage with energy they export to the power grid.

David Bower, the 25,000th net metered solar customer, earned an incentive of $4,500 for a system that has the capacity to supply 2.4 kilowatts to his San Francisco home. The solar installation is expected to produce approximately 3,700 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity every year, helping to avoid the emission of more than 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

Mr. Bower earned the incentive through the California Solar Initiative, a 10-year program administered by PG&E that is helping to lower the cost of solar energy systems for customers.

 

PG&E is also demonstrating solar energy leadership by announcing a series of landmark agreements for large-scale solar projects and by educating our customers through solar workshops and extensive outreach. Other examples of our leadership in this area include charitable contributions to support our award-winning Solar Schools and Solar Habitat programs, which have been bringing solar technology to underserved schools and families with limited incomes for several years.

Annual PG&E Interconnected Customer Solar Systems
Total Solar Interconnections = 27,000