PG&E Supports Santa Clara University Solar Decathletes in Competition to Construct a Functional Solar House

University Selected by the U.S. Department of Energy to Participate in

International Competition to Promote Sustainable Living

Jul 10, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

    SAN FRANCISCO, July 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Pacific Gas and
 Electric Company (NYSE:   PCG) is supporting Santa Clara University (SCU) in
 an international competition to design, construct, and display a fully
 functional, 650 square foot solar powered home. To help with construction
 costs and to help SCU acquire the latest energy efficient materials and
 technology, PG&E has made a $25,000 contribution to SCU's solar home
 construction team.
     SCU was chosen by the United States Department of Energy to participate
 in the 2007 Solar Decathlon, a competition where colleges and universities
 from around the world design, build, and operate energy-efficient
 solar-powered homes. SCU is one of only 20 institutions (and the only
 campus west of the Rockies) to participate in this challenge.
     A team of more than 80 student solar decathletes from SCU's School of
 Engineering began construction on the solar home on June 3rd. When complete
 the SCU solar house will generate enough electricity to run a modern
 household that is functional, elegant, intelligent, and innovative.
     "PG&E is committed to supporting alternative energy and sustainable
 living," said Bob Howard, vice president of gas transmission and
 distribution for Pacific Gas and Electric Company. "Santa Clara
 University's creative Solar Decathlon team is utilizing new materials and
 technology to construct an innovative solar home that will serve as a model
 of energy efficiency."
     The competition culminates in October when teams will assemble their
 solar homes and create a solar village that is open to the public on the
 National Mall in Washington D.C. The solar homes will be judged in 10
 categories: Architecture, Engineering, Graphics and Communication, The
 Comfort Zone, Hot Water, Appliances, Energy Balance, Lighting, Marketing,
 and Getting Around.
     After the competition, SCU's solar house will return to campus to serve
 as a demonstration project for Bay Area schools and students interested in
 alternative energy and learning about sustainability challenges and
 solutions. The SCU School of Engineering and the Environmental Studies
 Institute hope to offer tours and alternative energy learning activities
 linked to the solar house.
     A leader in solar power, PG&E has interconnected more than 15,000
 customer-owned solar-generating systems to the power grid -- representing
 over 110 megawatts of solar electricity; more than any other utility in the
 nation. PG&E proudly provides its customers with among the cleanest energy
 in the nation. On average, more than 50 percent of the energy PG&E delivers
 to its customers emits zero carbon dioxide.
     PG&E currently supplies 13 percent of its energy from qualifying
 renewable sources under California's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)
 program and the company is well on its way to reaching its renewable energy
 portfolio of 20 percent by 2010. Through its leading energy efficiency and
 demand response programs, the company has helped prevent more than 125
 million tons of carbon dioxide from entering the atmosphere, while saving
 its customers nearly $10 billion.
     PG&E has a long history of making charitable grants tailored to the
 wide variety of needs of the communities it serves. The company's
 charitable contributions program provides cash grants, in-kind
 contributions, and volunteers for community-based nonprofit organizations,
 and for schools and other governmental programs throughout Northern and
 Central California. All charitable contributions are entirely funded by the
 company's shareholders.
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