San Francisco, CA, June 28, 2007 — Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced it has entered into agreements with two developers of utility-scale photovoltaic solar power, Cleantech America LLC and GreenVolts Inc. The agreements are intended to deliver up to seven megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar energy for PG&E’s customers throughout Northern and Central California.
Under the agreements, the projects will be completed in 2009. Both projects utilize photovoltaic technologies to collect sunlight and convert it directly to electricity. The solar power plants will be located in close proximity to PG&E’s infrastructure and customer base to reduce transmission costs, said the company.
Cleantech America’s CalRENEW-1 project, located near PG&E’s Mendota substation in Fresno County, will provide PG&E with five megawatts of energy. Covering approximately 40 acres, the CalRENEW-1 project will serve as a peak solar facility, providing energy at the hottest times of the day during the hottest months in California.
The GreenVolts GV1 solar plant, to be located on eight acres in Tracy, California, will provide PG&E’s customers with an additional two megawatts of renewable power.
The two agreements are part of PG&E’s broader renewable energy portfolio. PG&E currently supplies 13 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program.
California’s RPS Program requires each utility to increase its procurement of eligible renewable generating resources by one percent of load per year to achieve a twenty percent renewables goal by 2010. The RPS Program was passed by the Legislature and is managed by California’s Public Commission and Energy Commission.
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