In an April 17 press release, the Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) – an educational nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C. – announced that Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is the leading electric utility in the United States when it comes to adding solar power to its energy grid.

The source states that PG&E connected 805 megawatts of new solar energy throughout 2012, which, according to The Sacramento Bee, is significantly more than second-place company Southern California Edison’s 195 megawatts. This is the fifth year in a row that PG&E has taken the number one spot on SEPA’s list.

PG&E serves more than 5 million customers in California, and 60 percent of the electricity that it supplies comes from renewable power resources, explains the press release. Going forward, solar will continue to play a huge role in the utility’s initiatives to embrace clean energy throughout the Golden State.

“We are pleased at this significant recognition from SEPA and at the ongoing success of our efforts to help our customers enjoy the benefits of solar,” PG&E’s vice president for customer energy solutions, Steve Malnight, said in a press statement. “We remain committed to delivering clean, reliable, affordable and safe energy to all of our customers.”

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