SDG&E claims it has interconnected over 100,000 private rooftop solar arrays to its grid
Written By: Stratton Report
December 6, 2016
On December 6, SDG&E announced that as of November 30, it had connected more than 100,000 private rooftop solar systems to its power grid. The utility also reported that in November it connected 1,942 residential customer rooftops.
Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s Chief Energy Delivery Officer observed:
“Connecting 100,000 private solar rooftops is a clean energy milestone worth celebrating and signifies this community’s commitment to increasing energy from sources that help reduce our environmental impact for the benefit of future generations. It is our job and commitment to expand access to clean energy innovation that delivers cleaner air for our customers. As part of this commitment, we are the top investor-owned utility in America for renewable energy sales. Our effort also extends to our ongoing work to aggressively expand electric vehicle charging to allow more of our consumers to drive on sunshine.”
Per SDG&E, more than 75 percent of new private solar customers are taking advantage of the utility’s fast track application process which allows customers to interconnect their private solar panels the same day the city or county approves their facility, eliminating the need of an additional inspection by SDG&E.
The energy company has also stressed that it had made efforts to make the solar installation process safer, faster and more affordable through advancements the SDG&E-invented Renewable Meter Adapter, which helps customers avoid thousands of dollars on electrical panel upgrades that are typically required when installing solar on homes built before 1995. According to SDG&E, nearly 5,000 customers have taken advantage of this innovative device, avoiding a cumulative $5 million in the cost to install private solar.