PG&E launches program to sell customers 100% solar power

Written By: Stratton Report
February 3, 2016


On February 03, PG&E launched PG&E’s Solar Choice program, which will allow customers who are not planning to install rooftop solar panels to use 100 percent solar power. Customers can purchase half or all of their electric power from solar energy locally sourced in Northern and Central California.

For what the utility describes as a modest charge, PG&E’s Solar Choice program extends solar access and benefits to residential and business customers regardless of their location or ability to physically install rooftop solar. As the program develops, the solar energy purchased by customers will be sourced from new solar projects built by developers across PG&E’s service area.

PG&E Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer Laurie Giammona noted:

“PG&E’s Solar Choice program is all about giving customers more choice and control over their energy, and bringing the benefits of solar to our communities. Our customers already enjoy some of the cleanest power in the country. Now, they can directly contribute to bringing more renewable energy onto the electric grid – a win for our customers and for California.”

Kelly Slater Wave Company is one of the first California businesses to partner with PG&E’s Solar Choice to go 100 percent solar, purchasing renewable energy with zero greenhouse gas emissions and lowering their carbon footprint. The company is powering their new wave technology and high-performance training center in California’s Central Valley.

Noah Grimmett, General Manager of Kelly Slater Wave Company remarked: “We are committed to encouraging sustainable development at any site using our technology. As part of this commitment, we are pleased that our first site in Central California is 100 percent powered by solar energy through PG&E’s Solar Choice. This program allows Kelly Slater Wave Company to not only be a pioneer in wave technology, but also in supporting sustainable power initiatives as we act environmentally through an alternative to installing solar panels and fulfill our vision of building the best man-made wave.”

According to the utility, more than 55 percent of the energy PG&E delivers to customers comes from sources that emit no greenhouse gases. PG&E has already connected more than 215,000 solar customers to the grid and anticipates that PG&E’s Solar Choice program will extend access to solar to approximately 40,000 additional homes and businesses across the company’s service area.

PG&E’s Solar Choice program is Green-e® Energy Certified.