Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build projects for a new clean energy program available to customers.
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 MW for the Regional Renewable Choice program. The energy for these new projects can be from renewable resources including wind, solar, or biomass.
The new Regional Renewable Choice program expands renewable energy access by enabling customers to work directly with developers of new renewable projects. Through the program, customers will have the option to work with developers and subscribe to the output from a new renewable project equaling between 25 and 100% 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.
“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,” said PG&E VP of Customer Energy Solutions Aaron Johnson.
PG&E has already connected more than 250,000 solar customers to the grid. Through its Regional Renewable Choice program, the company 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 noon Pacific Time on September 30, 2016. Developers will be chosen through a competitive bidding process and are expected to be chosen by December 2016. This request for proposals calls for a development target of 75 megawatts of renewable resources.
To submit a proposal, renewable energy developers can visit this website. In 2017, PG&E expects to issue two additional requests for offers for renewable energy developers, with the next solicitation occurring in spring 2017.
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