Pacific Gas & Electric Co. reached a milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar power customer to its electric grid. In addition, during 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history.
More than 45,000 new solar power customers were added in 2014 alone. During this time period, PG&E added nearly 326 MW of installed solar power — enough to power more than 70,000 homes.
On average, the company is connecting about 4,000 new solar customers per month across Northern and Central California, more than any other energy company in the nation. About every 11 minutes, PG&E connects a new solar customer to its electric grid.
“Every month, thousands of PG&E customers are choosing to go solar to help them save on their bill and to reduce their carbon footprint. Solar power is critical to California’s clean energy future and we are 100 percent committed to getting even more customers connected with solar in 2015,” said PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Laurie Giammona.
The Marine Mammal Center, the world’s largest marine mammal rehabilitation hospital, uses solar energy to help power its operations and saves enough on their energy costs to feed roughly 200 sea lions per month.
CK Mondavi Family Vineyards, one of the largest wineries in the world and a PG&E solar customer, reduced its carbon footprint and now harvests the abundance of Napa sunshine to help power its winemaking production.
“Successful winemaking requires diligent stewardship of the land and the environment. Installing solar was not only the right choice to reduce our energy costs, but it was also the right choice for the environment. Anything we can do to benefit the land and the people around us, while also helping the business thrive, is always going to be a top priority. PG&E was the energy expert and supported us throughout every step of our solar journey,” said Marc Mondavi, Co-Proprietor, CK Mondavi Family Vineyards.