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PG&E calls for proposals from California renewable energy developers for clean energy program

San Francisco, CA —Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) this week announced a call for proposals for renewable energy developers to build new projects for a clean energy program available to PG&E customers.

The sites are for PG&E’s Regional Renewable Choice program that will expand 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 percent 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 Regional Renewable Choice program is part of our ongoing commitment to support the growth of solar and other renewable energy sources in California. This 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 Vice President of Customer Energy Solutions Aaron Johnson.
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 megawatts for the Regional Renewable Choice program. The energy for these new projects can be from renewable resources including but not limited to solar, wind or biomass.

This program offers renewable energy developers an opportunity to submit proposals starting April 26, 2017 through noon Pacific Time on May 26, 2017. Projects will be chosen through a competitive bidding process and are expected to be selected by August 2017. This request for offers calls for a development target of 150 megawatts of renewable resources.

To submit a proposal, renewable energy developers can visit the Regional Renewable Choice website.

The Regional Renewable Choice program is Green-e® Energy Certified. Green-e Energy is the nation's leading independent consumer protection program for renewable energy, and sets environmental and consumer-protection standards established by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions.

About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric utilities in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit www.pge.com/ and www.pge.com/en/about/newsroom/index.page.


'Tis the Sun and Nothing More

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I have a day job these days. I joined a solar company called Sunpreme. I have a day job and a deadline for this column and I’m writing this during work hours. So, I say to myself, self why not kill two birds with one stone and write about my job.

This is the first time I’ve worked for a company that makes widgets since I can remember. Almost 25 years ago, I worked for a Harley Davidson distributor, which was…cool. Before that, I must have been a teenager. It is a strong reminder of how much of our economy (and employment) is constituted of services. Most of my career has been in the financial industry with some consulting and number crunching before that. This is my first time at a real Silicon Valley firm. The headquarters are in Sunnyvale. There are solar panels installed in the parking lot, one vertical panel on the roof. No one is wearing a suit. The office is usually quiet and people don’t make small talk. There are no Game of Thrones jokes. And when I really need to get some social in during the day, I go to our Chief Scientist for a lecture on valance bands and cell architecture.

So, partly because Beting wants me to turn in my column early, I’m going to do a plug for Sunpreme. Solar is a compelling solution for the Philippines…if they only stopped installing cheap Chinese panels that delaminate upon installation. Solar is a good solution for the Philippines because the sun delivers itself. You only install the power plant once and you never have to feed it with a piece of coal, a gas supply or some petroleum distillate. You can put the power plant on the top of a mountain and walk away. That’s the simple, obvious beauty of it.

The solar industry is considered a young industry, maybe 15 years old. Nevermind that it had some fits and starts in the 1970s with technologies that were too expensive to commercialize in volume. Remember the panels President Carter installed in the White House that President Reagan had taken down? Nevermind that Thomas Edison came across this technology and said, “I hope we commercialize it some day.”

Here we are. No amount of political positioning could stop the last 15 years. The technology is well past arrival. Underline this: entire systems, panels and land and steel and everything, are being installed in the US today at $1 per watt peak . That is, depending on location, 1.2-1.8 kWh a year can be generated indefinitely for an upfront cost of $1 (or less). To put that in perspective, my highest electric rate on my PG&E bill is $0.44 per kWh. At that rate, for the cost of 2.3 kWh of electricity from PG&E, I can get 1.2-1.8 kWh per year for as long as the system will last.

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