A view of the SDG&E building. Courtesy of NBC San Diego broadcast.

San Diego Gas & Electric announced Friday that it’s been authorized to expand a pilot program to upgrade utility services at mobile home parks.

By December, SDG&E will have completed the conversion of 3,150 mobile homes at 28 parks, according to the utility. With expansion of the program through 2019, an additional 1,700 mobile home residents, many of whom are seniors or low-income, will receive individual metered service.

“Modernizing these energy systems will provide residents and the community peace of mind by enhancing safety and service reliability,” said Gina Orozco-Mejia, vice president of gas operations for SDG&E. “This effort also gives mobile home residents direct control over their energy use and direct access to SDG&E’s residential assistance programs.”

The gas and electric systems being upgraded were owned, operated and maintained by park owners, using a master meter.

The California Public Utilities Commission first approved the pilot program in 2014 and authorized the expansion. SDG&E said it has applied to the commission to grow the program even more, which could bring upgrades to an additional 4,900 mobile residences to direct utility service over a six-year period.

—City News Service