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
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 http://www.letsgreenthiscity.com.
For more information about Pacific Gas and Electric Company, please
visit our web site at http://www.pge.com
For more information about the San Francisco Giants, visit
SOURCE Pacific Gas and Electric Company