California’s Redwood Coast Energy Authority Enters Solar-Plus-Storage Deal

October 19, 2021

by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
October 19, 2021

Swell Energy recently announced a contract with California community choice aggregator Redwood Coast Energy Authority (RCEA) to develop a program designed to provide additional capacity and resource adequacy to Humboldt County, Calif.

Swell Energy’s distributed power plant effort with RCEA will establish up to 45 megawatt hours of behind-the-meter solar-powered energy storage.

Swell Energy said that it is expanding its partnership with GRID Alternatives and leveraging all government, utility, and financial programs available to bring down customer costs and enroll both new and existing systems into the community grid program.

Residential, commercial, and industrial solar plus storage sites located at a customer’s site will be eligible to participate in RCEA’s community grid program.

Swell Energy said that its participation in California’s Self Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) allows it to offer additional monetary incentives to SGIP customers in the RCEA territory.

Since 2019, Swell Energy and GRID Alternatives have teamed up on residential and commercial energy storage projects throughout California.

RCEA is a local government joint powers agency whose members include the County of Humboldt, all local cities, and the Humboldt Bay Municipal Water District.

The American Public Power Association has initiated a new category of membership for community choice aggregation programs.