Solar Choice program costs
Solar Choice Rate Calculator
When you enroll in the Solar Choice program, you remain on your existing electric rate plan and pay a modest additional fee on a per kWh basis for clean solar power. The fee depends on your type of service, rate plan and enrollment level. You can choose to have 50% or 100% of your monthly electricity usage to be generated via solar projects. Use our calculator to determine your additional monthly fee. It’s helpful to have your PG&E bill available to figure out your monthly usage.
DISCLAIMER: Rates are subject to change annually and as approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The estimated additional cost per month is for illustrative purposes only and PG&E cannot guarantee the accuracy of the estimated cost. Your additional monthly cost for participating in PG&E's Solar Choice will vary, based on your actual electric usage. The estimated additional cost per month does not include other fees such as local utility user taxes, certain other taxes, surcharges and fees. PG&E's Solar Choice rate per kWh has been rounded to two decimal places for presentation purposes. For complete rates, review electric rate schedule E-GT (PDF, 383 KB).
Bill charges and credits
In the Solar Choice program, you will be charged for the solar power you are purchasing and related program charges. In return, you will receive a credit for the standard generation you are no longer purchasing. Read on for a more detailed description of our bill charges and credits:
The Solar Charge is the cost of the renewable solar power. This is calculated as the weighted average cost of the resources serving the program.
The Program Charge is set to fund the program’s marketing and administration costs, provide a credit for the positive value that solar provides to the grid, as well as cover additional energy-related costs to ensure that non-participating customers do not fund the program.
Those additional costs include:
- Costs associated with integrating the new renewable resources with the grid (Renewables Integration Charge). No value has yet been approved by the CPUC for this.
- State-level grid-management costs (California Independent System Operator, CAISO).
- Costs for registering, tracking and retiring Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in the Western Renewable Energy Generation Information System (WREGIS).
- Resource Adequacy (RA) costs to ensure that there are sufficient generating resources available for anticipated load, locally and on a system basis.
- A credit for the positive value that solar provides in delivering energy to the grid during peak hours (Solar Value Adjustment).
- Program marketing and administration costs.
The Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA) is a CPUC-approved figure that ensures stranded generation costs are not shifted to non-participating customers when you switch to PG&E's Solar Choice program. The PCIA value differs by vintage year. Vintage year is based on the date that you begin service on PG&E's Solar Choice program. If you begin service in the first six months of the calendar year (e.g., 2017), you are assigned the prior year's vintage (i.e., 2016). If you begin service on or after July 1, you are assigned the vintage for the current year (2017 in this example). For reference, review the historical values.
The Generation Credit is a credit equal to the average generation rate for your customer class. This credit is to recognize that your renewable energy purchase displaces the charges for the generation portfolio associated with your base rate.
Learn more about the various components described above: review our Historical Rates Table below or check out the program's Price, Terms and Conditions (PDF, 236 KB).