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PG&E Announces Solar School and Bright Ideas Grant Winners PG&E Solar Schools Program Now Serves 100 Public Schools in Underserved Communities in Northern and Central California

Release Date: March 18, 2008
Contact: PG&E External Communications (415) 973-5930

SACRAMENTO- Hosting today a free one-day, solar-energy training course for teachers throughout northern and central California - Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced the 40 schools selected to receive installation of a 1.3 kilowatt solar generation system valued at $25,000. PG&E also announced the 42 schools chosen to receive up to $5,000 in "Bright Ideas" grants for their innovative solar science projects.

"Educating and inspiring our future leaders about the importance of renewable energy and environmental stewardship is critical as we seek to address the challenges of climate change," said Ophelia Basgal, vice president of civic partnerships and community initiatives at PG&E. "We thank the participating teachers and schools who make this goal possible with their support and dedication."

The PG&E Solar Schools Program includes installation of photovoltaic systems in public schools, a solar-based curriculum training package, workshops for teachers and "Bright Ideas" grants which support innovative solar science projects in classrooms. (The complete list of 2007 winners can be found below.) Each photovoltaic system generates 1.3 kilowatts of electricity, or enough to provide for the power needs of an entire classroom. Since its inception in 2004, PG&E has contributed $6 million to this shareholder-funded program which includes 100 schools and has trained over 2,000 teachers, benefiting nearly 100,000 students throughout PG&E's northern and central California service area.

PG&E partners with leaders in the education sector and the solar industry to deliver the training and infrastructure associated with this program. The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED) manages curriculum training and administration of the "Bright Ideas" grants; the Foundation for Environmental Education coordinates installation of the donated photovoltaic systems.

PG&E's award-winning Solar Schools Program is nationally recognized for teaching the value of alternative energy. The Solar Schools Program has been awarded the Interstate Renewable Energy Council's IREC Annual Innovation award, named "Education Innovator of the Year" by the San Francisco Business Times and received the Governor's Environmental and Economic Leadership Award, California's highest and most prestigious environmental honor.

The utility has a long history of making charitable grants tailored to the wide variety of needs in the communities it serves. The company's broader program of support to communities includes cash grants, in-kind contributions, and volunteers for community-based nonprofit organizations, and for schools and other governmental programs throughout northern and central California. All charitable contributions are entirely funded by PG&E Corporation shareholders and the level of charitable giving does not affect gas and electric rates.

The 2007 PG&E Solar Schools and Bright Ideas Award Winners:

Schools Receiving $25,000 Solar Generation Systems
Starr King ElementarySan Francisco
Lawton Elementary SchoolSan Francisco
Lafayette Elementary SchoolSan Francisco
Sunset ElementarySan Francisco
Creative Arts CharterSan Francisco
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Academic Middle SchoolSan Francisco
Marshall Elementary SchoolSan Francisco
Argonne Elementary SchoolSan Francisco
Forty Niners' AcademyEast Palo Alto
Bessie CarmichaelSan Francisco
Gateway High SchoolSan Francisco
Emery Secondary SchoolEmeryville
San Lorenzo High SchoolSan Lorenzo
Skyline High SchoolOakland
Oakland Aviation High SchoolOakland
Irvington High SchoolFremont
New Brighten Middle SchoolSoquel
Milpitas High School Engineering AcademyMilpitas
Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet SchoolSan Jose
Oceano Elementary SchoolOceano
Sierra Middle SchoolBakersfield
Madera South High SchoolMadera
San Joaquin ElementarySan Joaquin
South/West Park Elementary SchoolTracy
Soulsbyville Elementary SchoolSoulsbyville
Ripona Elementary SchoolRipon
Shirley Rominger Intermediate SchoolWinters
Grizzly Hill SchoolNevada City
Pioneer High SchoolWoodland
Foothill High SchoolPalo Cedro
Maxwell Elementary SchoolMaxwell
Cottage Hill Elementary SchoolGrass Valley
Marguerite Montgomery ElementaryDavis
Middletown High SchoolMiddletown
Trinity Valley ElementaryWillow Creek
Peninsula Union Elementary SchoolSamoa
Laytonville High SchoolLaytonville
Bahia VistaSan Rafael
Willow Creek AcademySausalito
Santa Rosa Charter SchoolSanta Rosa
Schools Receiving up to $5,000 in "Bright Ideas" Grants
Glenview Elementary SchoolOakland
Fremont Elementary SchoolDelano/Kern
Kathern R. Smith SchoolSan Jose
Marina Middle SchoolSan Francisco
Middle College High SchoolStockton
San Lorenzo High SchoolSan Lorenzo
Pacific Valley SchoolBig Sur
Joe Nightingale Elementary SchoolSanta Maria
Martin Murphy Middle SchoolSan Jose
Foothill Horizons Outdoor SchoolSonora
Paso Robles High SchoolPaso Robles
Gateway High SchoolSan Francisco
Arena Union Elementary SchoolPoint Arena
Laneview Elementary SchoolSan Jose
Christensen Middle SchoolLivermore
Pacific Community Charter High SchoolPoint Arena
Templeton Middle & High SchoolTempleton
Niles Elementary SchoolFremont
Shasta Elementary SchoolManteca
Sierra Middle SchoolBakersfield
Venture AcademyStockton
Wanda Hirsch Elementary SchoolTracy
Fairview Elementary SchoolOrland
Grace Patterson Elementary SchoolVallejo
Murwood Elementary SchoolWalnut Creek
John Muir Elementary SchoolSan Francisco
Sunset Middle SchoolBakersfield
Skyline High SchoolOakland
Hacienda Science/Environmental MagnetSan Jose
San Juan High SchoolCitrus Heights
Fowler High SchoolFowler
Plainfield Elementary SchoolWoodland
Yolo Middle SchoolNewman
Lone Tree Elementary SchoolBeale AFB
Sir Francis Drake High SchoolSan Anselmo
YCOE/ROP at Pioneer High SchoolWoodland
Madera South High SchoolFresno
Rancho Cotate High SchoolRohnert Park
Cupertino High SchoolCupertino
Winters High SchoolWinters
Del Oro High SchoolLoomis
Life Learning AcademyTreasure Island
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