Distributed Energy in California

California is revamping its community solar program as it seeks to decarbonize its grid by 2045 and build on federal tax incentives under the Inflation Reduction Act. AB 2316, signed by Governor Newsom in September 2022, opens the door for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to design a new combined solar and storage program to replace the existing Green Tariff Shared Renewables (GTSR) program and further incentivize development. The new community solar program will seek to improve rates, reliability, and equity by including storage and carving out 51% of subscriptions for low-income households.

As of May 2023, the California Senate Budget Committee proposed $400 million for investment in community solar and storage. CPUC and CEC have been asked to approve the final program by summer 2024.

California is a prime market for community solar due to the state’s big clean energy goals, and good solar resource. California been a longtime champion of solar because of the many economic and environmental benefits it provides, including payments to local landowners and communities. Solar supplies more than 20 percent of California’s electricity today but must expand to help the state decarbonize by 2045.


Are you a landowner in California?

You may be able to sign up for solar energy on your land.

  1. Let us know you're interested here.
  2. If your parcel is 40 acres or more, we'll investigate your property to ensure it is a suitable site for distributed solar. If your parcel is less than 40 acres, it might be too small to be eligible, but we're happy to hold onto your information in case there are new opportunities in the future.
  3. If your land is eligible, we will prepare a lease agreement for you to review.
  4. Once you've signed, we do the rest—from developing the site, to getting permits, to building the project, to selling the power that's produced.

The best part? You get paid the whole time.

Contact Apex to learn more.

Phone: (434) 568-9753

Email: [email protected]

Address: 120 Garrett Street  |  Suite 700  |  Charlottesville, VA 22902