New Stockton Regional Office a Vision in Energy Efficiency

By Ari Vanrenen
PG&E employees opening new office

PHOTO: PG&E, along with local elected officials and community leaders, celebrate the ribbon cutting of the new Stockton Regional Office.

STOCKTON — PG&E's new regional office is energy efficient. And that's a good thing as the company is focused on helping customers every day save energy and money.

On Monday (March 28), employees, company leaders, local elected officials and community leaders gathered to celebrate the opening of the Stockton Regional Office.

The building houses more than 400 employees from PG&E's Customer Care organization and also includes PG&E's new Energy Training Center showcasing the latest energy efficiency products, technologies and weatherization techniques for residential homes.

As part of PG&E's commitment to the local community, the company contributed $40,000 to Habitat for Humanity for San Joaquin County as part of the Solar Habitat program. As part of the program, PG&E funds rooftop solar panels on every new Habitat-built home across Northern and Central California.

After purchasing a 138,000 square-foot building last January, PG&E renovated the facility to create a more modern work environment and bring the building up to energy efficiency standards.

PG&E's Stockton employees played a significant role in this project, including choosing the color palette, artwork on the walls, fitness room equipment and the personalized names of the conference rooms.

With a reference to Field of Dreams, PG&E Chief Customer Officer Laurie Giammona noted that "if you build it, they will come," expressing her hope that other businesses with follow PG&E's lead to build up the local area and economy.

"We are committed to supporting local economic vitality in communities across Northern and Central California," Giammona said. "With our new Stockton facility, we provide more than 400 employees with a state-of-the-art workplace with room to grow. Additionally, we are proud to demonstrate our role in California's clean energy future by educating the public in our new Energy Training Center as well as ensuring our operations are energy efficient."

The new Stockton Regional Office demonstrates PG&E's commitment to energy efficiency and minimizing greenhouse gas emissions from its operations while demonstrating what the company recommends to customers every day.

The new building's energy efficient features include:

  • Solar panels that provide 30 percent of the building's power usage as well as parking lot shade
  • A 65 percent reduction in water use through drought-tolerant landscaping and a rainwater collection tank used for irrigation
  • Natural light to reduce electricity use during the day
  • Electric vehicle charging stations
  • Energy efficient equipment including Energy Star appliances, LED lighting with occupancy sensors and improved wall and ceiling insulation to minimize energy use for heating and cooling

Additionally, a new zero net energy display home was built to educate the public on energy efficiency.

These homes produce as much energy as they consume over the course of a year through a combination of energy efficiency and on-site generation. California has ambitious goals for all new construction to be zero net energy — residential by 2020 and commercial by 2030 — and PG&E is proud to support these goals and educate the community.

"It's doable right now; it's not something of the future," Energy Training Center supervisor Matt Baker told the Stockton Record. "It's something we can all accomplish right now."

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