Obama solar plan builds on what utilities have been doing for years
President Obama’s announcement earlier this month to ensure all citizens have access to solar is being heard by utilities, and, although it seems that numerous utilities are using Obama’s announcement as PR for their own brands, many are already working to provide the services to their customers — and have been for years.
For example, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) and GRID Alternatives partnered more than a decade ago, and have so far connected solar to almost 2,500 low-income households. This week, PG&E announced another $100,000 commitment to GRID Alternatives to mirror President Obama’s recently-announced initiative to bring solar to underserved communities throughout Northern and Central California.
“Throughout our 10-year partnership, PG&E has proudly invested in GRID Alternatives’ efforts to ensure underserved communities have access to solar energy, which is critical to ensuring our clean energy future in California,” said Laurie Giammona, senior vice president and chief customer officer for PG&E. “Together, we are working to support local economic and workforce development, community vitality and continued growth in the solar industry.”