PG&E's Solar Choice program, part of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program under Senate Bill 43, was created to expand access to renewable energy resources. The program facilitates a way for the following types of customers to meet their electrical needs with generation from renewable energy resources:
Get more information on Senate Bill 43, established by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in Decision 15-01-051 on February 2, 2015. Download Decision Approving Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program for San Diego Gas & Electric Company, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company Pursuant to Senate Bill 43 (PDF, 1.9 MB).
The decision requires the investor-owned utilities to begin advanced procurement for the program under the sixth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM 6). PG&E filed and received approval on a modification to the existing RAM Program Protocol and Appendices, which included components specific to the PG&E's Solar Choice program.
In addition, D.15-01-051 requires that PG&E's Solar Choice program seek Green-e Energy Certification from the Center for Resource Solutions. The certification helps customers and businesses ensure that they’re reducing the environmental impact of their electricity use. Get more details on Green-e Energy. Visit Green-e.
PG&E's first RFO for PG&E's Solar Choice is now closed. View details on participation in the first round of the PG&E Solar Choice Program by visiting the RAM 6 website. Participants in the joint RAM 6 and PG&E Solar Choice Request For Offer (RFO), used the same solicitation materials and RFO instructions used in RAM 6. Visit Sixth Renewable Auction Mechanism.
The PG&E procurement target for the first solicitation of our PG&E's Solar Choice program was 50 MW. PG&E also sought projects for the following areas as part of this solicitation:
Get project eligibility details for each area. Download Program Eligibility Comparison Matrix (PDF, 70 KB).
View a list of the Environmental Justice (EJ) Project Eligible Census Tracts in our service territory. Download PG&E’s Solar Choice – EJ Census Tracts (PDF, 652 KB)
Get details about our PG&E's Solar Choice program. Visit PG&E's Solar Choice program.
PG&E's Regional Solar Choice (or Enhanced Community Renewable) portion of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Program will be implemented following CPUC approval of the program.
Through the RE-Powering America's Land Initiative, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) encourages renewable energy development on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites when such development is aligned with the community's vision for the site. The Initiative identifies the renewable energy potential of these sites and provides other useful resources for the following entities:
Learn more about the Initiative. Visit Learn More About RE-Powering – What is RE-Powering?
You can access the following websites for additional information on developing a solar project on formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mine sites:
Visit RE-Powering Mapping and Screening Tools.
PLEASE NOTE: Projects cannot be given any preference in the PG&E's Solar Choice program for being sited on current and formerly contaminated lands, landfills and mines.