PG&E solar power program lowers cost of entry

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. announced the cost to participate in its 100 percent solar energy program has dropped by 30 percent for residential customers and by nearly 50 percent for some business customers.

This cost reduction in the company’s Solar Choice program is thanks in part to PG&E‘s continued investment in clean energy infrastructure throughout its service area, including eight new solar sites being built for the program by renewable developers in Northern and Central California.

PG&E’s Solar Choice program offers a new way for PG&E customers to go solar – without installing rooftop solar panels. Through the program, residential and business customers can go solar by purchasing up to 100 percent of their electricity from solar energy generated in PG&E’s service area.

For the average household using 500 kilowatt-hours of energy and participating in PG&E’s Solar Choice program at 100 percent, the price to participate in the program last year was approximately $18 per month. Now, it is about $13 per month.

Customers can participate in the 50 percent solar program for half the cost. An online tool is available to help customers estimate this charge based on their energy usage.

New solar sites for program

PG&E is procuring more clean energy on behalf of its Solar Choice customers from eight new solar sites in Northern and Central California. PG&E is working with the renewable developers that are building the new solar sites in cities across PG&E’s service area. At this time, PG&E has procured nearly 53 megawatts of new solar capacity on behalf of customers who are enrolled in the Solar Choice program.

The renewable developers building the new sites include 8minutenergy Renewables, AES Distributed Energy, Green Light Energy Corp., ImMODO Energy Services, Mirasol Development, Recurrent Energy and Solar Frontier Americas Development LLC.

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