Produce clean energy for your business

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Contribute to a healthy environment and a bright future by producing clean energy for your business.

Find a contractor

Finding the right contractor is crucial. We can recommend resources and questions to ask when choosing a contractor. Find a contractor

Do the math

Explore leasing versus purchasing options. Also, use our solar calculator to estimate the size of the system needed for your business. Visit Financing Options for Solar and Renewable Energy Systems.

Explore incentives

Get incentives for investing in renewable energy. Find out whether you’re eligible. Visit PG&E Incentives for Clean Energy.

Choose the ideal renewable energy technology

Using renewable energy to power your business is a matter of choosing the right technology to meet your energy needs.


Best for:What to consider:
Solar panelsSolar 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.


Best for:What to consider:
Wind turbineWind 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 heatingSolar 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.

Advanced energy storage (Batteries)Advanced energy storage (Batteries)

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

Battery systems require space the size of a large appliance.

Waste heat to powerWaste 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.

Fuel cellsFuel 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)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.