Solar Energy and SDG&E
We’re proud to be a leader in building a sustainable, environmentally conscious energy future. About 45% of the electricity we deliver is now from renewable sources – not including the additional clean energy from customers with renewable systems. We’re committed to a renewable, and reliable, energy future.
Review the information provided to make an informed decision about installing renewable energy. Going solar is a big decision and a few smart steps can help you in determining the optimal system size and level of required investment.
If you do decide to install, you’ll still be connected to the electric grid, so we’ll always be your reliable source of energy when your system isn’t producing, like when the sun sets, or the wind dies down.
Before you invest in a renewable system, we recommend that you first consider taking steps to make your home more energy efficient.
Free Savings Tips
A few easy changes to how and when you use energy make a big difference.
- Use daylight instead of light bulbs as much as possible
- Operate major appliances during off-peak hours (before 4 p.m. or after 9 p.m.)
- Set your thermostat to 78 degrees in the summer
- Turn down the water heater to 120°
Small and smart upgrades to your space can really add up.
- Swap incandescent bulbs for efficient CFLs
- Install inexpensive occupancy sensors
- Use a programmable thermostat
- Look for the ENERGY STAR® logo when you buy appliances
Updating and upgrading your space may minimize your renewable system size needs.
- Weatherize windows, doors, and other openings
- Insulate attics, floors, and walls
- Consider smart appliances that respond to demand
- Keep major appliances maintained and up to date for maximum efficiency
In addition to solar, you can also consider alternatives like wind, or invest in energy storage batteries to save excess generation for after the sun sets. The type of renewable energy that’s best for your home or business depends on several factors, from the orientation of your rooftop to whether you own a pool. It’s important to think about the size of your system too. Learning more about your options is a great place to start.