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
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
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