Enhanced Community Renewables Program

June 08, 2022


The Enhanced Community Renewables Program is one element of the Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) Program, which was established by Senate Bill 43 of 2014. The Enhanced Community Renewables Program allows a customer to purchase a share of a community renewable energy project directly from a developer and receive a bill credit on their proportionate share of the system's production.  The program is capped at 600 MW statewide. 

Program Overview

Implementing Sector: State
Category: Regulatory Policy
State: California
Incentive Type: Community Solar Rules
Web Site: https://www.cpuc.ca.gov/industries-and-topics/electrical-energy/electric-rates/green-tariff-shared-renewables-program
Start Date:
Eligible Renewable/Other Technologies:
  • Geothermal Electric
  • Solar Thermal Electric
  • Solar Photovoltaics
  • Wind (All)
  • Biomass
  • Municipal Solid Waste
  • Landfill Gas
  • Tidal
  • Wave
  • Ocean Thermal
  • Fuel Cells using Renewable Fuels
Applicable Utilities: IOUs
System Capacity Limit: 20 MW
Program Capacity Limit: 600 MW statewide (shared with the Green Tariff program)
Participant Credit Rate: Avoided Cost Rate
Low-Moderate Income Provisions: 100 MW carve-out for disadvantaged communities


Name: CA Public Utilities Code § 2831 et seq.


Name: Cherie Chan
Organization: California Public Utilities Commission
Phone: (410) 703-1779
Email: cherie.chan@cpuc.ca.gov

This information is sourced from DSIRE; the most comprehensive source of information on incentives and policies that support renewables and energy efficiency in the United States. Established in 1995, DSIRE is operated by the N.C. Clean Energy Technology Center at N.C. State University.