According to the largest utility company in California, it plans to purchase more solar power from businesses and individuals.
A few weeks back, Governor Schwarzenegger said that he wanted California to get at least a third of its power supply from sustainable and renewable sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric power.
Keeping this in view, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), which is the biggest utility company in California, suggested acquiring more solar power, in order to increase the practice of residential rooftop solar panels.
Last year, one percent of the electricity in California was generated by solar power. Gov. Schwarzenegger has encouraged people to do everything they can to put solar on the roof.
PG&E said that it is going to buy 500 megawatts of power from NextEra Energy Resources and Abengoa. Solar plants will be built on federal land. The project, called Genesis, will be functional by 2013 and 2014. According to NextEra, it will spend about $1 billion on Genesis, which will be built near the Coachella valley in Southern California.
The project, which has been approved by Gov. Schwarzenegger and U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, will provide power to around 80,000 homes.