PG&E launches 75-MW community solar program, requests developer proposals

Written By: Stratton Report
August 29, 2016


On August 29, PG&E announced a call for renewable energy proposals for projects to generate power for its new Regional Renewable Choice program. This program will enable customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects, giving customers the option to subscribe to the output of a new renewable project equaling between 25 and 100 percent of their electricity use. Participating customers will pay the developers for the new energy directly, and receive a bill credit from PG&E on their monthly energy statement.

PG&E is seeking proposals from local renewable energy developers across Northern and Central California to build small- and mid-sized renewable projects ranging from 0.5 to 20 megawatts for the Regional Renewable Choice program. The energy for these new projects can be from renewable resources including but not limited to solar, wind or biomass.

This new program follows the utility’s Solar Choice program, launched in 2016, that allowed residential and business customers to obtain solar energy via PG&E from new solar projects located within Northern and Central California.

PG&E Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions Aaron Johnson noted:

“The new Regional Renewable Choice program is part of our ongoing commitment to support the growth of solar and other renewable energy sources in California. Building on PG&E’s Solar Choice program launched earlier this year, this new program enables our customers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from their electricity usage and allows them to directly be a part of California’s clean energy future. This is a win for our customers and for California.”

PG&E maintains that it has already has more than 250,000 solar customers on its grid. Through its two new clean energy programs it aims to extend access to renewable energy to tens of thousands of additional homes and businesses in its service area.

This program milestone offers renewable energy developers their first chance to submit proposals starting August 31, 2016 through September 30, 2016. According to the utility, developers will be chosen through a competitive bidding process will be chosen by December 2016. This request for proposals calls for a development target of 75 megawatts of renewable resources.