San Francisco Giants and PG&E Cut Ribbon on AT&T Park Solar Energy Installation

Jun 29, 2007, 01:00 ET from Pacific Gas and Electric Company

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The San Francisco
 Giants and Pacific Gas and Electric Company today announced the completion
 of the solar energy system installation at AT&T Park. The panels at AT&T
 Park, the first ballpark in Major League Baseball (MLB) with a solar
 system, now provide up to 122 kilowatts of renewable energy for PG&E's
 customers in San Francisco and throughout its service area.
     "The solar installation at AT&T Park is a milestone for all major U.S.
 sporting venues," said Peter Magowan, Giants president and managing general
 partner. "Through this partnership, we hope to raise awareness about the
 importance of using energy wisely and efficiently and about the need to
 develop and utilize renewable energy sources."
     The AT&T Park solar installation consists of 590 Sharp solar panels in
 three areas of AT&T Park -- on the Port Walk along McCovey Cove, on the
 newly erected canopy over the Willie Mays pedestrian ramp, and on the roof
 of the Giants Building. Once connected to the grid prior to Major League
 Baseball's All-Star Week festivities, the clean energy from these solar
 panels will flow directly to PG&E's customers throughout northern and
 central California.
     In addition to bringing PG&E's customers more clean energy, the
 visibility and the location of the ballpark also serve as a way to raise
 awareness of the value of renewable power -- especially in the fight
 against climate change. PG&E is also looking in our home city of San
 Francisco and throughout our service area for other locations that will
 showcase the benefits of solar power.
     "Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and protecting our environment
 requires bold leadership and vision," said Gavin Newsom, Mayor of the City
 and County of San Francisco. "We applaud the Giants and PG&E for their
 commitment to solar energy and for their long-term focus on helping to make
 San Francisco the greenest city in the nation."
     "The completion of the AT&T Park solar installation reflects our shared
 vision with the Giants to make San Francisco the greenest city in the
 nation," said Tom King, CEO of Pacific Gas and Electric Company. "PG&E is
 committed to exploring innovative solutions, like solar, wave and tidal
 power, to increase the amount of renewable energy that we bring the City
 and County of San Francisco and all of the communities we serve."
     Since its inception, the Giants have made energy conservation a
 priority in AT&T Park's design and daily operations. The park was designed
 to be an energy efficient facility -- utilizing fluorescent lighting,
 motion sensor lighting and energy management systems. The Giants and PG&E
 are also working together to identify additional ways to create
 energy-saving opportunities. For example, the new Diamond Vision scoreboard
 will use 78% less energy than the ballpark's original scoreboard.
 Additionally, PG&E and the Giants have launched a five-year public
 awareness campaign to educate and encourage Giants fans to use energy
     The completion of the solar installation at AT&T Park is the latest
 example of PG&E's role in bringing solar power to San Francisco. PG&E has
 committed to spending more than $7.5 million on solar installations
 throughout the city, including its own service center. $5 million will go
 to projects like AT&T Park that generate power for all of its customers. If
 approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, this $5 million
 investments, estimated to be fractions on the penny for each PG&E customer,
 would be included in the company's rates.
     In addition, PG&E is making charitable contributions of another $2.5
 million to help non-profit organizations and schools in San Francisco
 install solar power. In January, the company helped the San Francisco LGBT
 Center install a 96 panel solar system and the company recently installed a
 solar panel at San Francisco's A.P. Giannini Middle School.
     PG&E has interconnected more than 15,000 customer-owned
 solar-generating systems to the power grid -- representing more than 110
 megawatts and more than any other utility in the nation. In San Francisco,
 PG&E has helped interconnect almost 600 of these solar systems. For more
 information on PG&E's environmental efforts, please visit
     To see how you can become involved in helping San Francisco become the
 greenest city in the nation, visit
     For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please
 visit our web site at
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