San Diego Gas & Electric Co. has filed a request with the California Public Utilities Commission to place solar panels on its roofs and other property to bolster the use of renewable energy resources in the San Diego region.
If approved, SDG & E; will ask for bids to place the panels on its buildings and will use the energy to power both its facilities and its customers’ homes and businesses. The utility is estimating that the solar displays will generate 1 megawatt to 3 megawatts, enough to supply 1,000 to 3,000 homes with electricity. Three megawatts of solar energy would represent an increase of almost 40 percent over today’s use of solar energy within San Diego County, according to a company spokesman.
“We are committed to supplying 20 percent of our customers’ total energy needs from renewable resources like wind and solar by 2010,” said Terry Farrelly, vice president of procurement at SDG & E.;
The utility submitted its request as part of its 2005 short-term resource plan, along with an updated long-term renewable resource plan through 2014.