Although many people are looking forward to the day when solar power supplies many of the energy needs of our cities. most large utility companies have not invested much in this technology. Now PG&E; has announced it plans to buy 800 megawatts of solar power from two Bay Area companies. This should be enough power to supply 239,000 homes and would create the country’s first utility-scale photovoltaic plants, according to the S.F. Chronicle. Energy experts are hopeful that this move will demonstrate that solar power can be affordable and efficient. The state has ordered power companies to supply 20 percent of their energy from renewable sources by 2010, but the companies are nowhere close to that goal. This development from PG&E; will do a lot to bring the company closer to compliance, if not by 2010 then at least by 2013. Many interested citizens will want to keep watching how quickly PG&E; moves forward with this effort.
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