2022 Power Share and Community
Solar Program 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 Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) programs.

Clean Power Alliance is now soliciting offers for renewable energy to fill its eligible program capacity allocation under the Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff CSGT programs. This RFO is the second of CPA’s Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) program RFOs.

Bid submissions are due on June 1, 2023, by 11:59 p.m. PST.

RFO SCHEDULE

December 12, 2022:

RFO issuance

January 10, 2023:

Bidder Webinar With Q&A

February 3, 2023:

The first deadline for bidders to submit Q&A questions

February 17, 2023:

First round of Q&A responses posted to CPA RFO website

March 24, 2023:

Second deadline for bidders to submit Q&A questions

April 7, 2023:

Second round of Q&A responses posted to CPA RFO website

June 1, 2023:

Deadline for bidders to submit proposals

August 2023:

Bidders notified of shortlist status

January 2024:

Submit executed PPAs to CPUC for approval*

*CPA is required to submit PPAs for CPUC approval within 180 days of bidder’s receipt of the shortlist notification

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

The Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) programs have unique eligibility requirements, as summarized below. Please refer to the RFO Protocol for a full description of project eligibility.

Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) projects eligibility:

Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) projects eligibility:

Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) projects eligibility:

1. Must be located within an eligible DAC, within Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory.

2. Projects must be new Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible, in-front-of-the-meter generating facilities with a nameplate capacity between 500 kW and 3.27 MW. 

3. Projects must have an online date no later than December 31, 2025.

Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) projects eligibility

1. 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 CPA customers reside. 

2. Projects must be new, RPS-eligible solar, in-front-of-the-meter generating facilities with a capacity less than or equal to 2.7 MW.
3. 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.
4. Projects must have an online date no later than December 31, 2023.

1. Must be located within an eligible DAC, within Southern California Edison’s (SCE) service territory.

1. 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 CPA customers reside. 

2. Projects must be new Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)-eligible, in-front-of-the-meter generating facilities with a nameplate capacity between 500 kW and 3.27 MW. 

2. Projects must be new, RPS-eligible solar, in-front-of-the-meter generating facilities with a capacity less than or equal to 2.7 MW.
3. Projects must have an online date no later than December 31, 2025.
3. 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.
4. 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.

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:

HOW TO
SIGN UP

Solar energy developers interested in developing local small scale community projects and nonprofit organizations interested in sponsoring a community solar project in their communities can complete our Contact Information Authorization Form and Questionnaire by clicking the “I’m interested in participating” button on the right. This also applies to businesses, agencies, schools, property managers and other entities interested in hosting a community solar project at a one of their facilities. 

If you have already signed up and have received an email with the partner code, click the “Find A Partner” button on the right. CPA cannot facilitate partnerships, but we are providing this resource so interested parties may begin working together to evaluate potential projects.

CLEAN ENERGY RFO EVALUATION TOOL

The Clean Power Alliance Clean Energy RFO Evaluation Tool is available for use by bidders inthe 2022 Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) and Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) RFO.

For Power Share DAC Green Tariff (DAC-GT) bidders. the Clean Energy RFO Evaluation Tool may be used to determine if your project footprint meets eligibility criteria (located within a DAC within SCE’s service territory, as described in Section 2b).

For Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) bidders, the Clean Energy RFO Evaluation Tool may be used to determine if your project footprint meets eligibility criteria (located within a DAC within CPA’s

service territory, as described in Section 2b). In addition, the Clean Energy RFO Evaluation Tool can provide CSGT bidders with an estimate of eligible Community Solar Green Tariff (CSGT) customers located within a 5- mile radius of the project.

SUBMISSION PACKAGE CHECKLIST

Bidders must submit each of the following documents to DACProgramsRFO@cleanpoweralliance.org on or before Wednesday, June 1, 2023 in order to be considered:

Fully completed Offer Form template

Project Narrative

Redlined PPA

Executed non-disclosure agreement 

File with project’s geospatial footprint

COMMUNITY SOLAR

Community Solar stakeholders who are interested in connecting with potential project partners to submit a complete offer for this RFO or future RFOs are invited to visit the Community Solar webpage for more information on a CPA-sponsored pairing resource that can connect solar energy developers with public and nonprofit organizations interested in hosting or sponsoring a community solar project.