The First Solar-Powered Habitat for Humanity Homes

Adding solar to homes for humanity
Adding solar to homes for humanity

Solar-Powered Habitat for Humanity to Set an Example for the Rest.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced its $1 million commitment to support the installation of rooftop solar on 79 homes with 18 different Habitat for Humanity local affiliates throughout Northern and Central California.

From the Mendocino Coast to Merced, PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity, is making affordable housing and solar energy a reality for deserving families, particularly in neighborhoods that have been historically under-served and overlooked.

Pitching in to put solar panels on a habitat for humanity home

Pitching in to put solar panels on a habitat for humanity home 

PG&E Corporation Chairman, CEO and President Tony Earley said,

PG&E is proud to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission of making home-ownership a reality for deserving families. 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.

For 10 years, PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program has provided more than $9.6 million to help respond to the housing needs of families in Northern and Central California. As the exclusive solar partner of Habitat for Humanity in the Bay Area, PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program has funded the installation of solar on more than 600 new-construction Habitat for Humanity homes throughout the utility’s Northern and Central California service area.

“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,” said Phillip Kilbridge, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco.

The PG&E Solar Habitat program lowers the electricity bill of an average household by $500 per year. Each solar panel generates nearly 300 kilowatt-hours of clean, renewable energy from sunlight per month, avoiding the release of more than 132,000 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere over the 30-year life of the system. In total, Habitat families have saved $9 million in energy costs through this partnership.

Earlier this year, the company and the non-profit celebrated their decade-long solar partnership by hosting the Brown Bag Build at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco. Community members contributed over 200 volunteer hours to Habitat for Humanity to safely construct 60 doors and window frames in 30-minute shifts during their lunch breaks for the Habitat Terrace development in San Francisco’s Ocean View neighborhood.

In addition to the Solar Habitat program, PG&E employees have provided more than 11,000 hours of volunteering with Habitat for Humanity through the years.

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