2020 DAC-GT and CS-GT RFO (Request for Offers)

On June 21, 2018, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved (“D.”)18-06-027 Alternate Decision Adopting Alternatives to Promote Solar Distributed Generation in Disadvantaged Communities adopting two new programs to promote the installation of renewable generation among residential customers in disadvantaged communities (DACs) – the DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CS-GT) programs.

Clean Power Alliance is now soliciting offers for renewable energy in order to fill its eligible program capacity allocation under the DAC-GT and CS-GT programs. Bid submissions are due on Monday, March 15, 2021 by 11:59 p.m. PST.

The DAC-GT and CS-GT programs have unique eligibility requirements, as summarized below. Please refer to the RFO materials for a detailed description of project eligibility.

DAC-GT projects must be located within an eligible DAC, within Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory. Projects must be new Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible, in-front-of-the-meter generating facilities with a nameplate capacity between 500 kW and 13 MW. Projects must have an online date no later than December 31, 2023.

CS-GT projects must be located within an eligible DAC within SCE’s service territory and located within 5 miles of the DAC census tracts in which subscribing Clean Power Alliance customers reside. Projects must be new, RPS-eligible solar, in-front-of-the-meter generating facilities with a capacity less than or equal to 3.00 MWAC. Projects must submit a letter of commitment from a nonprofit community-based-organization (CBO) or local government entity, that would serve as a sponsor for the project on behalf of its subscribers. Projects must have an online date no later than December 31, 2023.

Clean Power Alliance is seeking to contract the output of resources under a 15-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), with pricing provided at the project Pnode. Projects will be evaluated on a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors that include economic value, development risk, workforce development, environmental stewardship, benefits to DACs, and project location.

Community Partners

Clean Power Alliance’s community partners are a key component to Power Share’s success. Organizations like yours may participate in and benefit from this Community Solar initiative in one or more of the following capacities:

  • Community Sponsors: If you are an eligible nonprofit or public entity you also may receive a 20 percent bill discount on eligible accounts in exchange for actively working to raise awareness about the program in your community and help eligible customers enroll.

  • Host Site: If you have a commercial or public facility (e.g., a business, school or municipal property) that is located in a disadvantaged community and is suitable for siting of solar panels, a third-party energy developer may be able to work with you to install, maintain and operate a solar energy facility at your location to benefit you and your community.

  • Community Partner: Even if you aren’t able to serve as a Community Sponsor or Host Site, you can help CPA get the word out to low-income customers in your community so that they can access the bill savings and economic and health benefits of new local solar energy development.

If your organization is interested in learning more, check out the RFI Option section below.

RFI (Request for Information) Option

Interested developers, community sponsors, or site hosts who are not able to submit an offer to the 2020 DAC-GT and CS-GT RFO, but who would be interested in participating in potential future DAC-GT and/or CS-GT RFOs, are invited to respond to an RFI. The RFI instructions can be found in the RFO materials.

Bidder Registration

Bidders must register in order to participate in the RFO. To register, please use this link.

RFO Schedule

Date

Item

December 23, 2020

RFO issuance and Q&A open

January 28, 2021

Bidder Webinar to discuss RFO process at 11:00 a.m. PST

February 10, 2021

Deadline to submit Q&A questions by 11:59 p.m. PST

February 17, 2021

Q&A responses posted to the CPA RFO website

March 15, 2021

Deadline to submit RFO Proposals by 11:59 p.m. PST

May 2021

Bidders notified of Shortlist status

May – June 2021

PPA negotiations and awards

June – November 2021

Submit executed PPA(s) to CPUC for approval

Submit questions and RFO Proposals to DACProgramsRFO@cleanpoweralliance.org

RFO Materials

Click the button below to download the full RFO, which includes the following documents:

  • DAC-GT and CS-GT Solicitation Protocol

  • Offer Form Template – DAC Solicitation

  • RPS PPA Pro Forma

  • Clean Power Alliance NDA Agreement

  • Clean Power Alliance Exclusivity Agreement

Bidders' Webinar

A bidders’ webinar was held on January 28, 2021. To view a recording of the webinar and presentation, click below.

Webinar Video
Webinar Presentation Deck

Click here to view Q&A responses from the Bidders’ Webinar and the Q&A period.

Clean Energy RFO Evaluation Tool

Bidders may use the Clean Energy RFO Evaluation tool to determine whether their project footprint is located within a DAC. Both DAC-GT and CS-GT bidders must use the Clean Energy RFO Evaluation Tool to complete the Qualitative Assessment tab of the Offer Form Template. Use this link to access the tool.

Submission Package Checklist

Bidders must submit each of the following documents to DACProgramsRFO@cleanpoweralliance.org on Monday, March 15, 2021 in order to be considered:

  • Fully completed Offer Form template

  • Project Narrative

  • Redlined PPA

  • Executed non-disclosure agreement

  • File with project’s geospatial footprint