San Francisco, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — October 10, 2008 – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has celebrated the interconnection of its 25,000th net metered customer in its northern and central California service area.
The 25,000th net metered solar customer, David Bower, is also part of the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program. To encourage customer investment in solar, PG&E provides rebate incentives that will total $4,500 for a system that supplies 2.4 kW of power to Bower’s home.
"I applaud this significant solar energy milestone, which goes a long way toward helping California meet its long-term renewable energy and climate change goals," said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. "Thousands of California homeowners are choosing to ‘Go Solar’ because it’s good for their pocketbooks and for the environment, and they are a huge part of the reason that California continues to lead the nation in solar adoption."
Bower’s solar installation is expected to produce approximately 3,700 kWh of renewable electricity every year. This will help avoid the emission of more than 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.
"I would like to congratulate David Bower on helping to make our customers the leading adopters of solar energy in the country," said Nancy McFadden, senior vice president of public affairs for PG&E. "By making the decision to ‘Go Solar,’ PG&E customers are helping solar generation become more cost effective and reliable than ever before."
In 2008, the Solar Electric Power Association ranked PG&E first in the nation for solar on the customer side of the meter in both overall solar capacity and highest MW per customer. The company’s solar customers represent almost 50 percent of solar system interconnections in the United States and generate more than 200 MW of electricity.
PG&E has provided more than $300 million in solar incentives to its customers through California’s Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) and the CSI program. Through CSI, PG&E has the potential to provide an additional $880 million in solar rebates. Since July 2007, PG&E has also contracted for over 2,500 MW of utility-scale solar to add to its power mix.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation, is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States, delivering energy to 15 million people in northern and central California.