SCE Solar PV Program:

Back in June, the California Public Utilities Commission (“CPUC”) issued a decision authorizing Southern California Edison (“SCE”) to execute contracts for up to 250 MW of generation from solar PV facilities owned and operated by independent power producers through a competitive solicitation process. The CPUC decision required SCE to file an advice letter outlining the criteria for selection of bids and containing a draft standard power purchase agreement (“PPA”).

SCE recently filed the requisite advice letter requesting approval of its proposed competitive solicitation process and criteria and a draft standard PPA. Anyone may file protests or responses to SCE’s advice letter. Protests are due on August 10, 2009. For more information, as well as a link to SCE’s draft standard PPA, go to the CPUC website.

CPUC Panel on Feed-in Tariffs:

The CPUC announced that it will host an interactive panel discussion on feed-in tariffs for renewable energy on August 27, 2009. The panel will feature international experts from Germany, Spain, the United States, and elsewhere with experience in the global solar power market. The panelists will offer their insights on the global solar market, the role of feed-in tariffs and other mechanisms for advancing renewable energy development, and California’s role in facilitating wholesale renewable distributed generation.

The panel will be held from 1-2:30 PM at the CPUC Auditorium, 505 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco, CA.