Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) said it had added more than 220MW of wind and solar power to its generation mix in 2011, while signing contracts for future delivery of 463MW of new renewable power. PG&E deployed 185MW of solar power in 2011 and said it had secured signed contracts for 200MW of new solar power in coming years.
“Our long-term commitment to renewable energy continued to pay off last year as more projects came online, providing our customers with some of the cleanest generation found in the United States,” said Fong Wan, senior vice president for energy procurement at PG&E. “We continue to encourage project developers to help us meet California's aggressive clean-energy goals as cost-effectively as possible for our customers.”
In 2011, PG&E said it had begun receiving power from five solar photovoltaic projects built by independent developers, bringing 135MW of new capacity online. It also began producing power at three sites developed by the utility in the Central Valley, for another 50MW of capacity. In addition, PG&E said it had signed contracts for 200MW of new solar power in coming years, but did not divulge any specifics.