California Utility Connects 25,000 Net Metered Solar Customers

October 13, 2008

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is celebrating the connection of 25,000 net metered, solar-generating customers in its service area. The San Francisco- based utility, which serves northern and central California, says those customers represent almost half of the nation's customer-owned solar generation installations.

"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 California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.

As a participant in the California Solar Initiative (CSI) program, the utility offers rebates to customers for installing solar projects on their homes. PG&E's 25,000th net metered customer, David Bower, is one of those getting a CSI rebate. He is receiving $4,500 cash back for a system that supplies 2.4 kilowatts of power to his home. Bower's solar installation is expected to produce about 3,700 kilowatt-hours of renewable electricity every year, avoiding the emission of more than 2,000 pounds of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere.

PG&E has provided more than $300 million in solar incentives to its customers through the CSI program and California's Self-Generation Incentive Program. Through CSI, PG&E says, it has the potential to provide an additional $880 million in solar rebates. Since July 2007, PG&E has also contracted for more than 2,500 megawatts of utility-scale solar to add to its power mix.

For more information, see the PG&E October 8 press release and the CSI Web site.

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