Solar power to reach 350,000 Bay Area homes by
By Pat Murphy
Copyright fogcityjournal.com 2006
August 11, 2006
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) will deliver solar
power to 350,000 Bay Area homes by the Spring of 2010, the San
Francisco based utility announced Thursday.
Company officials detailed the project to Mayor Newsom yesterday
at City Hall, whose administration
policy calls for "all municipal energy supply come from
clean, renewable sources by 2010."
"Any attempts to engage in green strategies should be commended,"
Newsom said following the meeting.
Both City government and the utility prioritize carbon emissions
free energy. (LINK - essential -
At present 50% of PG&E free is carbon free, a company vice
"...we are saying with a very firm voice that the science
is there, the problem exists, the time for action is now, and
we're saying it unequivocally," Nancy McFadden told the Sentinel.
McFadden serves as PG&E vice president for governmental relations.
Under a signed agreement, PG&E will purchase 500 megawatts
of solar energy from Luz II, LCC.
LUZ II produces solar energy through a hybrid solar-gas design
which meets the California
Renewables Portfolio Standard, according to PG&E.
With that technology, "...the dream of cost-effective solar
power is finally going to become a reality," Arnold Goldman
said. Goldman serves as chairman of LUZ II.
A PG&E spokesman described the utility as industry leader
for clean energy delivery.
"This new project has the potential to be a tremendous additional
resource and to help further solidify our leadership when it comes
to providing customers with clean, climate friendly energy,"
predicted Fong Wan, PG&E vice president for energy procurement.
"PG&E already has one of the nation's most climate friendly
supplies of electric power with carbon emissions that are among
the lowest in the utility industries.
"Thirty percent of the power we deliver comes from hydroelectric
and eligible renewables like wind, biomass, and geothermal facilities.
"More than 50% of the power we deliver comes from zero-carbon
emission sources - we look forward to expanding that going forward,"
According to Wan, PG&E is "aggressively adding renewable
electric power resources to its supply at a planned rate of more
than 300 megawatts per year. This year the company has entered
into new agreements to purchase 274 megawatts of wind, solar,
geothermal and other renewable energy."
The company's solar power development has been underway for some
time, Wan continued.
It is "the nation's leading distributed solar utility with
over 12,000 solar customers who generate approximately 88 megawatts
of solar electricity, which is more than 60% of the distributed
solar energy generated in the entire state of California,"
"In 2004 alone, PG&E interconnected more than half of
the new solar electric systems installed in the entire nation."
renewable energy website.