Habitat for Humanity and PG&E join forces to build affordable, efficient homes
Solar arrays supply for 75 percent of electricity used for 65 Habitat partner families in Calif.
ATLANTA (Sept. 20, 2007) – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) today announced a $1.2 million partnership with Habitat for Humanity International (HFHI) to install solar electric systems on every Habitat-built home throughout PG&E’s northern and central California service territory in 2007.
“PG&E shares our passion to help families in need,” said Mark Crozet, senior vice president of Development, Habitat for Humanity International. “Through this innovative partnership which combines funding, education and employee volunteers, PG&E is helping Habitat to get one step closer to our overall goal of eliminating substandard housing.”
PG&E’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity is an expansion of the utility’s Solar Habitat Program, which supports low-income families in underserved communities with money-saving solar technology and energy efficiency resources.
“As we work to meet the future of California’s energy needs, PG&E is committed to bringing clean and renewable energy to all of the communities we serve,” said Bill Morrow, president and CEO, PG&E. “By expanding our partnership with Habitat for Humanity International, we are sending a very clear message – solar energy can have very real financial and environmental benefits for all of our customers.”
PG&E’s $1.2 million contribution will allow for 65 homes to be outfitted with energy-saving solar arrays in 2007. These solar panels will each generate nearly 300kWh of clean, renewable energy from sunlight each month saving the families approximately $500 a year on energy costs. Also, each panel will help avoid the release of more than 132,000 pounds of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere over the 30-year life of the system.
PG&E’s Solar Habitat Program began in 2005 with their donation of solar systems to 12 homes supporting the Oakland-based East Bay Habitat affiliate. Since then, the program has expanded to support 18 Habitat affiliates with PG&E-sponsored solar installations on approximately 75 homes. Through this program, PG&E provides expertise, volunteers and charitable grants to help build energy-efficient homes and install roof-top solar powered systems. In addition to lowering energy bills for these families, the program seeks to promote energy literacy throughout underserved communities and increase enrollment in PG&E’s free energy assistance programs for low-income families. These efforts result in Habitat homeowners utilizing less power to meet their basic energy needs.
For more than 10 years PG&E has supported local Habitat for Humanity affiliates with more than $635,000 charitable dollars for general operating support, home sponsorship and event sponsorship. PG&E employees have also embraced Habitat for Humanity, volunteering nearly 2,000 hours in the past year alone.
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International is an ecumenical Christian ministry that welcomes to its work all people dedicated to the cause of eliminating poverty housing. Since its founding in 1976, Habitat has built more than 225,000 houses worldwide, providing simple, decent and affordable shelter for more than 1 million people. For more information, visit www.habitat.org.