Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has reached a significant milestone by connecting the 150,000th solar customer to its electric grid. More than 45,000 new solar customers were added in 2014 alone, adding approximately 326 MW of installed solar power – enough to power more than 70,000 homes.
“Every month, thousands of PG&E customers are choosing to go solar to help them save on their bill and to reduce their carbon footprint,” said PG&E’s Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Laurie Giammona. “Solar power is critical to California’s clean energy future and we are 100 percent committed to getting even more customers connected with solar in 2015.”
Homeowners are not the only ones turning to solar. CK Mondavi Family Vineyards in St. Helena, one of the largest wineries in the world and a PG&E solar customer, reduced its carbon footprint and now harvests the abundance of Napa sunshine to help power its winemaking production.
“Successful winemaking requires diligent stewardship of the land and the environment. Installing solar was not only the right choice to reduce our energy costs, but it was also the right choice for the environment,” said Marc Mondavi, Co-Proprietor, CK Mondavi Family Vineyards. “Anything we can do to benefit the land and the people around us, while also helping the business thrive, is always going to be a top priority. PG&E was the energy expert and supported us throughout every step of our solar journey.”