SAN FRANCISCO – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is committing $1 million to support the installation of rooftop solar on 79 homes with 18 Habitat for Humanity local affiliates. The program, for homes located from the Mendocino Coast to Merced, will be aimed at helping deserving families in neighborhoods that have been historically underserved and overlooked.
“PG&E is proud to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission of making homeownership a reality for deserving families,” PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley said in a release. “Our sustained collaboration on the Solar Habitat Program allows these homes to be both financially and environmentally sustainable. Together, we’re building a cleaner, brighter future for the people of California.”
PG&E has been a partner with Habitat for Humanity for 10 years, and has spent $9.6 million to help respond to the housing needs of families in Northern and Central California.
The solar program lowers electric bills of an average household by $500 per year. Each solar panel generates nearly 300 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy from sunlight per month. The panels also avoid the release of more than 132,000 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere over the 30-year life of the system.
“Thanks to our partnership with PG&E and the Solar Habitat program, Habitat homeowners spend less on electricity and that helps us keep the overall cost of homeownership low. This is a critical piece of the overall affordability of Habitat homes,” Phillip Kilbridge, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco said in a release.