San Francisco, California [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) has begun receiving renewable power from the Buena Vista Energy, LLC Wind Project located in the Altamont area.PG&E’s second newly constructed renewable project to come online under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) Program, Buena Vista will provide more than 38 megawatts (MW) of wind power to California’s electricity customers. “The Buena Vista partnership is ideal in that it provides our customers with an additional source of clean renewable energy under California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and addresses avian issues in the Altamont area,” said Fong Wan, vice president of energy procurement at PG&E. PG&E also announced that it has awarded $200,000 in Bright Ideas grants to 39 underserved schools in northern and central California for their innovative solar science projects in 2006. The Bright Ideas program is part of PG&E’s Solar Schools education program, which awarded $1.7 million to public schools throughout the year. “In providing Bright Ideas grants to fund innovative solar science programs, we hope to teach tomorrow’s leaders about solar power and the environmental benefits of renewable energy,” said Ophelia Basgal, Pacific Gas and Electric Company vice president of civic partnerships and community initiatives. Since starting its RPS Program, PG&E has entered into contracts for more than 1,100 MW of renewable energy — wind, solar, geothermal, biomass and hydro resources.