PG&E Adds Utility-Scale Solar Projects to Its Power Mix

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) entered into agreements with two developers of utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) solar power: Cleantech America LLC and GreenVolts, Inc. to deliver up to seven megawatts (MW) of utility-scale renewable solar energy for PG&E’s customers throughout Northern and Central California.

“These projects provide PG&E with a clean, reliable, and cost efficient way to deliver additional solar power to our customers,” said Fong Wan, vice president of Energy Procurement, PG&E.

“By harnessing the power of the sun’s rays in a scalable way, we are taking a significant step towards reaching California’s renewable portfolio goal of supplying twenty percent of our customer needs with qualifying renewable energy by 2010,” he added.

Under the agreements, the projects will be completed in 2009. The two agreements are part of PG&E’s broader renewable energy portfolio. PG&E currently supplies 13 percent of its energy from qualifying renewable sources under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program.

In addition to solar contracts with Cleantech America and GreenVolts, PG&E recently announced a 25.5 MW contract with Western GeoPower, Inc. for a new geothermal energy facility in Sonoma County, California. PG&E will seek regulatory approval of these first three renewable energy contracts resulting from PG&E’s 2006 RPS solicitation.

PG&E is continuing discussions with additional bidders that made offers and were short listed in the 2006 RPS solicitation, and just received bids for additional renewable energy in its 2007 solicitation.

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