Posted by: jbarnesca | March 25, 2016

GTSR Community Renewables Project Confusion

We are finding that too many new groups seem to be confused about the Community Renewable Project portion of the GTSR program that is now being implemented.  This is off course the part of the program that allows subscription to a community solar facility set up by a developer/ownership group, and bill credit from this facility to subscribing customers being administered by the Utility.

First of all getting your project qualified and advertising to the community under pretty stiff rules to be eligible is tedious, but that is not the discussion for today.

What we are finding disturbing is that some new groups do not understand that their payment for this huge effort has these facts:

  • The queue offerings tag along with the separate but very related ever other month ReMAT program.
  • The offering is like ReMAT at only 5MW max for each period.
  • Most importantly, what the developer gets is the ReMAT PPA price for that period.  This of course will drop like a rock from the present around $0.065/Kwh as groups agree to the ReMAT pricing with the AWFUL TOD payment schedules now in force for SCE and PG&E.

Then they must understand that this price is the amount credited against the subscribing customers’ bill.  I suspect their bill for the corresponding time is higher than the rate they are compensated for their subscription.

I personally think that the GTSR program and this version of community solar is the worst example I have seen in the US.  Too bad the solar community did not lobby better to prevent this program from ruining what the people once again thought they were being given by their legislature.




  1. Let’s hope that the upcoming decision for phase IV of the proceeding will bring some sensible changes. SEIA’s been an active participant in the proceeding. Calseia was preoccupied with NEM.

    • With the awful ReMAT so well established and the end of any requirement for a RAM offering, I would doubt that any effort would fail to try to separate the CR portion of the GTSR program from ReMAT. You can also see that the Utility portion procurement was basically choosing 20MW size projects and rejecting the offers of the smaller projects. Many of us fought for so many years for the correct interpretation of the legislative intent of SB 32. ReMAT had very little resemblance to what the intent of the law was.

  2. Never a pretty sight to see when the legislation is unable to provide proper resources to the deserving foundations. But I think it is always a good idea to look at the positives and look at how far the community solar industry has gotten, and how quickly it is growing. This opportunity will be huge for the next decade!

  3. Hi John, I’m interested in pursuing a Community Renewables project and am a bit confused by what I’ve read so far. Are you free to discuss? I’m available at – Regards, John Mason

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