Produce clean energy for your business

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Find out whether renewables are right for your business

PG&E has all of the resources you need to determine whether renewables are right for your business. Follow these tips to get started:

  • Find a contractor. Finding the right contractor is crucial. We can recommend resources and questions to ask when choosing a contractor. Visit Find a Contractor.
  • Consider the costs and benefits of investing in renewable energy. Explore leasing versus purchasing options, and learn how the size of the system needed for your business affects costs. Visit Financing Options for Solar and Renewable Energy Systems.
  • Find out about incentives. We may offer incentives to reward your investment in renewable energy. Learn whether you are eligible. Visit PG&E Incentives for Clean Energy.


Discover renewable energy options for your commercial property

Using renewable energy to power your business is a matter of choosing the right technology to meet your energy needs. Thousands of Californians have already taken advantage of our state’s abundant sun, wind and other natural resources to do just that.

Are renewables right for your business? We’re here to help you select the best technology for your business, based on your expected energy use, the weather conditions in your area and the age and location of your property.


Best forWhat to consider
Solar panels

Solar panels work well on properties with plenty of rooftop space exposed to the sun, with minimal shading for at least six hours per day, ideally from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Solar panels can last more than 25 years. Make sure your roof is no more than seven years old to avoid reinstalling panels a second time.

Other renewable energy systems

Best forWhat to consider
Wind turbine

Wind turbines work best in the windier areas of California.

Wind turbines typically must be at least 30 feet off the ground. Consult manufacturer details for required average wind speed for optimal performance.

Solar water heating

If your business uses large amounts of hot water, solar water heating may be ideal. Be sure you have plenty of roof space exposed to the sun.

Solar collectors can also be installed on the ground, as long as they receive ample sunlight. You may also need space for a solar storage tank near your existing water heater.

Waste heat to power

If your business generates excess heat from an industrial process, or must reduce water, steam or gas pressure regularly, you can use turbines to convert waste into power.

Each technology can be adapted to your existing fuel source, so you can discuss specific project designs with the manufacturer.

Advanced energy storage (AES)

Combined with renewable systems, AES systems can supplement your intermittent energy supply when needed.

AES systems require space the size of a large appliance.

Fuel cells

Fuel cells powered by natural gas can reduce your energy costs and generate cleaner heat and power.

Fuel cells, partially renewable, require space the size of a medium-to-large appliance.

Combined heat and power (CHP)

CHP systems can serve businesses that must generate both electricity and heat. Renewable systems are fueled by a renewable biofuel. Traditional systems use natural gas.

CHP systems require space the size of a medium-to-large appliance. They are best for businesses that can produce renewable biofuel or natural gas.