2014 Solar Photovoltaic Program

PG&E’s goal with the Photovoltaic Power Purchase Agreement Request for Offers (PV PPA RFO) is to procure, over a five (5) year period, 250 MW of PV Products as authorized by CPUC Decision (D.10-04-052) adopted on April 22, 2010. PG&E filed Advice Letter 3674-E on May 24, 2010, which was approved December 16, 2010 by Resolution E-4368 adopting the solar photovoltaic program. On February 26, 2014, PG&E filed a petition for modification of D. 10-04-052 and approval of a proposed schedule for the third PV PPA RFO.  On February 28, 2014, PG&E filed  Advice Letter E-4368 seeking modifications to the Protocol and PPAs for use in the 2014 PV PPA RFO. The CPUC approved Resolution E-4659 on October 2, 2014.

PG&E issued the 2014 Solar Photovoltaic PPA RFO (“PV PPA RFO”)  on October 21, 2014. The goal of the third RFO is to procure 58 MW of new photovoltaic generation. PG&E is seeking to execute agreements with a 20 year delivery term from PV facilities that are 1 to 20 MW in size. These must be new PV facilities located in PG&E’s service territory and interconnected to PG&E’s electric system. Two of the eligibility requirements of the PV PPA RFO are (1) that Participants must have completed a Phase I interconnection study, or have documentation showing that the Project passed the WDT or CAISO Fast Track screens at the time of Offer submittal and (2) that Projects must be able to come on-line within 24 months of CPUC approval of an executed PPA. Please note that additional eligibility criteria apply. 

More information will be posted to this website as it becomes available. You may register to be on PG&E’s wholesale electric procurement distribution list to receive announcements about procurement opportunities.

Participant's Webinar

PG&E hosted a Participant’s Webinar on November 3, 2014 from 10:00 A.M. PPT to Noon.  The presentation slides and audio, Q&A and attendee list from the Webinar can be found below.

If the audio portion of the Bidder's Webinar does not open in your browser, you will need to open the Windows Media Player and copy the URL into your media file application.

Schedule for the 2014 Solar PV PPA RFO

Participants may register online to receive notices regarding the RFO Ongoing
PG&E issues the  PV Program PPA RFO October 21, 2014
Deadline for Participants to submit registration for Participants’ Webinar October 31, 2014
Participants’ Webinar for PV Program PPA RFO November 3, 2014
Deadline for Participants to submit Offers via Power Advocate
November 19, 2014 no later than 1:00 P.M. PPT
PG&E notifies selected Primary and Waitlisted Participants. January 30, 2015
Target timeframe of execution of final agreements
March 17, 2015
Advice Letter Filing for executed PV PPAs April 20, 2015

Distribution and Transmission Information

The Generator Interconnection Procedure pursuant to the WDT and CAISO Tariff consists of three application processes: (1) The “Fast Track Procedure” for generators  up to 5 MW (2 MW on 12kV, 3MW on 21kV, and 5MW on higher voltages) in size that pass the “Fast Track Screens" (2) the “Independent Study Process” for all generators that are electrically independent from another generator or cluster of generators, and (3) the “Cluster Study Process” for interconnection requests that do not qualify for the Fast Track Process or the Independent Study Process.

Under the CAISO Tariff and PG&E WDT Generator Interconnection Procedures, all interconnection requests under the Independent Study Process or Cluster Process may request interconnection as a “full capacity” resource. Please refer to PG&E’s or CAISO’s website for more details.

For more information about the interconnection process, please visit PG&E's Wholesale Generator Interconnections website. Sellers may also send an email to PG&E’s Generation Interconnection Services at wholesalegen@pge.com

Any application for interconnection to PG&E’s can now be submitted through an online form available at the: http://www.pge.com/wholesale_apply.

PG&E has developed an interactive, Google-based map of its service territory. The map is a tool to help renewable energy developers identify potential project sites, but it is not a guarantee that generators can interconnect at any particular time and place.

Power Advocate Instructions and Registration Information

Important Information

All Participants who are interested in submitting a bid package into PG&E’s 2014 PV PPA RFO will need to register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer into the RFO. To register at Power Advocate, click on the following link: https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=45113&pubEvent=true

Only those participants that have been accepted through the Power Advocate platform will be permitted to bid into this RFO.

We strongly encourage you to register now.

Power Advocate Instructions

All bid package materials must be submitted on the Power Advocate site by the schedule and time indicated above. Please see the following instructions for submitting a bid package on Power Advocate.

PV PPA RFO Protocol and Appendices

Contact Information

For information or questions about PG&E's Solar PV PPA Program RFO email to PVProgram@pge.com.

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