The RPS Lull: California’s Shifting Drivers of Utility PV Growth

by Colin Smith

California, the largest state for utility PV in the U.S., has seen a significant shift in demand for new, large-scale projects. Renewable portfolio standards have driven the bulk of utility PV in CA to date. The two largest utilities, Southern California Edison (SCE) and Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) have reached their near-term renewable portfolio standard goals and are not expected to solicit new projects until 2019, at the earliest. GTM expects that, going forward, the utility PV procurement landscape in CA will be driven by cooperative / municipal utilities, community choice aggregates and corporate offtakers.

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Colin Smith Senior Analyst, Solar

Colin Smith is a Senior Solar Analyst at GTM Research, leading the Utility PV Market Tracker and focusing on development trends in the U.S. utility-scale and commercial PV sectors. Colin has 4 years of experience in the PV sector. He graduated from Queen's University with a B.Sc Honours in Environmental Biology and Sustainability.

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