Valley contributes to PG&E solar milestone

Pacific Gas & Electric connected more than 80,000 customers with photovoltaic solar systems to the power grid.Pacific Gas & Electric connected more than 80,000 customers with photovoltaic solar systems to the power grid.Pacific Gas & Electric Co. announced that it's connected more than 80,000 customers with photovoltaic solar systems to the power grid, a good chunk of those in San Joaquin Valley.

The systems represent more than 800 megawatts of electricity generating capacity, more than any other utility in the nation.

According to statistics from the California Solar Initiative, Fresno County had the fourth largest number of installed systems in PG&E's territory at 3,869.

The county came in third in energy generation at 49.1 megawatts of capacity while Madera County placed 19 with 9.5 megawatts.

Among cities, Fresno came behind just three others with 2,091 installed systems and was beat by just two in terms of capacity with 23.5 megawatts.

Clovis followed just behind Fresno with 1,277 PV systems and came in at nine for capacity with 8.7 megawatts.

Madera, with 383 systems, had 6.6 megawatts of capacity installed for 11th place on the list.

The Solar Electric Power Association has ranked PG&E as the top utility in the U.S. for additions of solar power for the past four consecutive years.

The utility supplies electricity to 5.1 million customers between Eureka in the north and Bakersfield in the south.