PG&E Earns Top Place in Solar Industry Report for Seventh Year in a Row

PG&E Leads the Nation with Most Solar Added in 2014

SAN FRANCISCO--()--Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has been recognized by the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) as a national leader in solar power for the seventh year in a row. SEPA's eighth annual Utility Solar Rankings report measures newly installed solar power units connected over the course of 2014. PG&E earned the first place ranking in the Solar Megawatts category with more than 1,500 megawatts installed within its service area, equivalent to powering over 320,000 homes.

“Our Top 10 survey results confirm the unstoppable momentum now propelling solar market expansion in the United States and the active role many utilities are playing in it”

PG&E delivers some of the cleanest energy in the nation to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. More than 55 percent of the energy PG&E delivers comes from sources which emit no greenhouse gases. By the year 2020, PG&E expects that number will grow to approximately 65 percent.

“We are 100 percent committed to solar energy and its role in California’s energy future,” said PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer, Laurie Giammona. “Together with our customers and partners, we have worked to shorten connection times and help solar grow in our state. SEPA’s recognition shows this collaboration is paying off.”

In March, PG&E announced a significant milestone of connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. During 2014, the utility connected more rooftop solar customers to its grid than any other year in its history – 45,000 new solar customers. With more solar than any other utility in the country, PG&E connects a new solar customer to its electric grid approximately every 11 minutes.

PG&E is also making it easier than ever before for customers to reduce their carbon footprint by going solar in 2015. The company has reduced the average application processing time for new solar connections from an industry average of four weeks down to five days. In addition, PG&E offers a solar calculator, which helps customers estimate the appropriate size for their solar system, the likely cost and how much energy it will help them save.

In addition, earlier this week, Habitat for Humanity and PG&E celebrated their 10 year solar partnership. PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program has provided $9.6 million to help respond to the housing needs of families in Northern and Central California. As the exclusive solar partner of Habitat for Humanity in the Bay Area, PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program has funded the installation of solar on every new-construction Habitat for Humanity home for both the Greater San Francisco and the East Bay and Silicon Valley affiliates. More than 600 Habitat for Humanity families have benefitted from this program.

“Our Top 10 survey results confirm the unstoppable momentum now propelling solar market expansion in the United States and the active role many utilities are playing in it,” said Julia Hamm, SEPA’s President and CEO. “Consumers across the country want solar, and their utilities are responding, with streamlined interconnection procedures as well as new and innovative projects and business models. And we’re seeing this growth not only in well-established markets, such as in California or Hawaii, but in unexpected pockets of solar activity, including Tennessee, Utah and Montana.”

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About SEPA

SEPA is an educational non-profit organization based in Washington D.C. dedicated to helping utilities integrate solar power into their energy portfolios. The SEPA Top 10 "Utility Solar Rankings" report is one of many market intelligence, utility interaction and educational services SEPA provides to its utility and solar industry members. For more information about SEPA, visit our website at www.solarelectricpower.org.

About PG&E

Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.

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