09 May '11, 12pm

The Emerging Market for Small Renewables in California

The Emerging Market for Small Renewables in California

Several communities have tried but none succeeded until the Marin Energy Authority (or Marin Clean Energy) started operations last year. MEA started with 8,500 customers but is adding news customers continually. It estimates it will reach 70,000 customers by 2012. The total potential is about 100,000 customers, or more if other communities join them. “We are filling a niche market for mid-sized renewable energy generation in the 20 to 60 MW range,” said Dawn Weisz, interim director of MEA. “When we went out to solicit renewable power offers, Pacific Gas & Electric told us we would not get any bids. We were looking for 40 MW. We were offered over 600. Almost all was solar.” Three firms are short-listed: LS Power , Sun Power and enXco . Since 2002, Marin has spent or borrowed about $3.5 million to get its CCA up and running. Their pioneering work means that entry for other c...

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