Community solar is the buzzword these days but California’s Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) just issued a request for proposals for 75 megawatts of small to mid-sized renewable energy projects (500 kilowatts to 20 megawatts) under its new Regional Renewable Choice program. The program will allow PG&E customers to work with local renewable energy developers and purchase power from a project and offset some or all of their use.
The new offering will address the significant portion of people and businesses in the US that can’t install solar power. Though PG&E said it has more than 250,000 solar customers and will still offer solar power options the new offering will address a broader customer base and could lead tens of thousands of customers with renewable energy.
Unlike a community solar project this new offering from PG&E is relatively technology agnostic meaning PG&E customers can work with a renewable energy developer building a solar, wind or biomass project. Customers can choose to purchase between 25 and 100 percent of their electric usage from the project they choose to subscribe to. PG&E customers will directly pay the project developers or owners for the electricity they’re using and will receive a credit from PG&E on their monthly energy statement.
“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,” said PG&E Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions Aaron Johnson. “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.”
With the new RFP the utility is seeking proposals for new energy projects in northern and central California. The utility will start accepting proposals for the new program on Aug. 31 and will accept them through Sept. 30. The utility plans to offer two more tranches in the program in 2017 with the first RFP coming in spring.
Renewable energy developers can apply to build a project for the program here: Resources for renewable energy developers.Tweet