Southern California Edison Seeking Rooftop Solar Projects

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As part of its Solar Photovoltaic Program (SPVP) for Independent Power Producers, Southern California Edison (SCE) recently issued a request for offers (RFO) seeking up to 27 MW of independently-generated solar photovoltaic power. The minimum contract size for this RFO is 500 kW DC, and the maximum contract size is 10 MW DC. However, SCE has stated that the “Generating Facilities will be primarily rooftop facilities in the range of 1 to 2 MW DC.”

All power purchases will made over a 20-year term and will be made according to the terms and conditions set forth in the SPVP 5 PPAs. There are two SPVP 5 Power Purchase and Sale Agreements (each, a PPA, and collectively, the PPAs), the forms of which are posted on the documents page of the SCE RFO website (linked to below). The two forms of PPAs are referred to as “SPVP 5 PPA Not Greater than 5 MW DC” and “SPVP 5 PPA 5-10 MW DC.”

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Attack on Colorado’s Renewable Energy Standard Law Denied

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A three-judge panel of the 10th Circuit Court affirmed on July 13th that Colorado’s voter-approved renewable energy mandate does not violate the U.S. Constitution, ruling that the state’s renewable energy standard (RES) does not impose unlawful regulations on out-of-state commerce.

In 2004, Colorado voters passed Amendment 37, which required investor-owned utilities to obtain at least ten percent (10%) of the energy they sell from renewable energy sources by the year 2015 (this mandate has since been increased to thirty percent (30%) by the year 2020). That act made Colorado the first state to adopt an RES by a vote of the people.

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Southern California Edison (SCE) Launches RAM 6 RFO

SCE has launched its Sixth Renewable Auction Mechanism Request for Offers (“RAM 6 RFO”). SCE is seeking Eligible Renewable Resources (ERR) generating facilities between 3 megawatts (MW) and 20 MW. New for this RAM 6 RFO, SCE is also soliciting 50 MW of Solar ERR generating facilities for its Green Tariff Shared Renewables (“GTSR”) program. To qualify as a GTSR resource, the facility must be a new PV generating facility located in SCE’s service territory, between 0.5 MW and 20 MW. The full list of GTSR resource requirements can be found in SCE’s RAM 6 RFO Instructions. The offer submittal deadline for SCE RAM 6 RFO is Friday, August 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm (noon) PPT. 

A RAM 6 RFO web conference will be held on Thursday, July 16, 2015 from 9:00 – 11:00 am PPT. Interested participants may register for the web conference on SCE’s RAM 6 RFO website. 

 

PG&E RAM 6 Process Opens

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Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) is now accepting applications for PG&E’s Sixth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) Request for Offers (RFO), known as “RAM 6”. The RAM 6 RFO is available to renewable electric energy generating facilities between 3 MW and 20 MW. Additional Offer qualification criteria can be found in the PG&E Protocol for the RAM 6 RFO located on PG&E’s RAM 6 website.

PG&E will host a Participants’ Webinar for RAM 6 on Tuesday, July 14, 2015, from 9:00 A.M to 11:00 A.M. PPT. Pre-registration required prior to 5:00 p.m. PPT on Monday, July 13, 2015.

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White House Takes Aim at Solar for Low- and Middle-Income Americans

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The Obama administration announced on Tuesday a plan to grant greater access to solar energy production for all Americans, in particular low- and middle- income communities.

The White House announced that the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) will release information next month to provide building owners and business additional knowledge regarding incentives and policies for adding solar power.  HUD is also launching a website to provide policy guidance, tools and other online resources to “help advance solar deployment and the installation of other renewable energy in affordable housing,” a White House press release stated.  The administration’s plans will also increase borrowing options and loan limits through a Federal Housing Administration program that will let people install solar panels at federally assisted or insured housing, and called for relaxing conditions through a federal program that allows homeowners to borrow money for energy efficiency and solar panel improvements.

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