PG&E wants proposals to build 150 MW of renewable projects

When Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) decides to expand a program, they certainly don’t hold back.

Starting today, project developers can submit proposals to build up to 150 MW of renewable-energy projects as part of PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program, which allows customers to work directly with developers to subscribe to projects that provide anywhere from 25% to 100% of their electricity use. Customers pay developers directly, and then PG&E credits the amount to their monthly energy bills.

Developers have from today through noon on May 26, 2017 to submit proposals. Winning bids will be chosen after a competitive process and should be announced by August. To submit a proposal, renewable energy developers can visit the Regional Renewable Choice website.

“The Regional Renewable Choice program is part of our ongoing commitment to support the growth of solar and other renewable energy sources in California,” said Aaron Johnson, PG&E’s vice president of customer-energy solutions. “This 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.”

The utility is looking for proposals for small- to medium-sized projects (0.5 to 20 MW) for the program, and they’re looking to buy local: The request-for-proposal specifies the contracts will go to local renewable energy developers across Northern and Central California. Though solar is a major component of the plan, it is not limited to solar. As long as the energy source is renewable, it is eligible to submit a proposal.