California’s Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E) has opened a new program for shared renewables, and today issued a call for proposals for developers to submit solar and other renewable energy projects from 500 kW to 20 MW.
The Regional Renewable Choice program follows on PG&E’s Solar Choice program, and expands eligible projects to include wind, biomass and other renewable energy sources. Under the program, PG&E customers can elect to subscribe to renewable energy projects to cover between 25-100% of their electricity use. These customers pay developers directly for the electricity, and receive a bill credit from PG&E.
These two shared renewable energy programs are the result of a mandate by the state’s legislature through Senate Bill 43, which California Governor Jerry Brown signed in 2013. The bill ordered the state’s utilities to create programs to allow their customers to purchase 600 MW of renewable energy directly, to meet up to 100% of customer demand.
Developers can submit proposals starting on August 31 through September 30. 75 MW of projects will be chosen through a competitive bidding process, and PG&E expects to make awards in December.
PG&E expects issue two additional calls for projects under the Regional Renewable Choice program, with the next solicitation in Spring 2017.