PG&E signs up 10,000 solar customers in California towns

A survey found 25 percent of Californians are considering solar panels for their home

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Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) celebrated connecting 10,000 solar power customers each in three of California’s largest cities — Bakersfield, Fresno and San Jose — as part of PG&E’s milestone of connecting the 175,000th solar customer to its electric grid.

These achievements, along with a new survey finding that 25 percent of Californians are considering solar panels for their home, underscore how quickly California residents are blazing a trail for solar adoption supporting a clean energy future.

The growth is especially apparent in Bakersfield, Fresno and San Jose as each city celebrates 10,000 local solar customers connected to PG&E’s electric grid, highlighting the innovative spirit of these communities as they invest in a sustainable tomorrow. Each city has a powerful solar story to tell:

· San Jose is committed to receiving 100 percent of its electrical power from clean, renewable sources by 2022.

· In the Bakersfield area, Kern High School District has plans to install solar-power systems at 27 school sites through the end of 2016.

· In Fresno, students work with nonprofit renewable energy company and longtime PG&E partner GRID Alternatives on a program called Alternative Spring Breakers to install solar panels on the homes of low-income families, as a part of a state energy grant program.

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