Dairyland Power seeks bids for solar power purchase deals

Dairyland Power Cooperative is seeking proposals, by an Aug. 15 deadline, for a long-term power purchase agreement for power from new major solar installations with a minimum of 500 kW of solar photovoltaic capacity.

These projects need to be located within, or have proximity to, the service territory of the Dairyland system in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa or Illinois. Dairyland will receive ownership of all renewable attributes (i.e. renewable energy credits (RECs), emissions credits, energy efficiency credits, etc.) associated with the energy from the project.

Proposal terms of the PPAs should not be less than 10 years in length. The preferred term is 10 years, with Dairyland Power wanting an option to require transfer of ownership to Dairyland after 10 years. Dairyland said it will look most favorably on contracts that begin power delivery at the earliest possible date, with commercial operation to begin no later than Dec. 31, 2015.

Dairyland is a member-owned generation and transmission cooperative utility headquartered in La Crosse, Wisc. It provides the wholesale power requirements and other services for 25 electric distribution cooperatives and 16 municipal electric utilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Illinois. Dairyland Power’s generating resources have a total capacity of about 1,368 MW, including coal, hydro, natural gas, landfill gas, and biogas. It also purchases renewable energy from biomass, biogas, wind, and solar generation facilities. Dairyland Power is a member of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator.

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