San Diego Gas and Electric, in a pilot project known as the “Sustainable Communities Program,” petitioned the California Public Utilities Commission to allow the utility to own and operate solar power systems in its service territory. The program helped local organization that were seeking to secure LEED certification by providing the organization solar power systems at no upfront cost.
Once SDGE’s approved funding for the project was exhausted, the utility chose not to petition the PUC again and let the program end.
During the program, Sullivan Solar Power was selected for nine solar power installations in a competitive RFP selection process. This program aside, SDG&E has been an outspoken critic of customer-owned renewable energy and worked to reduce the financial incentive for going solar at the PUC, the state Legislature and with local governments.