Solar panels on the rooftop of a home in Southern California. Courtesy LA Solar Group

Solar energy in San Diego reached a milestone as San Diego Gas & Electric announced it has connected more than 100,000 private, rooftop arrays to the power grid.

The utility said Tuesday the milestone was reached at the end of November.

“Connecting 100,000 private solar rooftops is a clean energy milestone worth celebrating and signifies this community’s commitment to increasing energy from sources that help reduce our environmental impact for the benefit of future generations,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief energy delivery officer.

Winn said SDG&E is the leading investor-owned utility in America in terms of renewable energy deployment, which includes solar installations and electric vehicle charging.

The utility said more than 75 percent of new private solar customers are taking advantage of a “fast track” application process that allows customers to connect their private solar panels the same day a city or county inspector approves the work.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.