Entergy New Orleans plans RFP for solar capacity

Entergy Services on May 6 posted to its website drafts of a 2016 Request for Proposals for Long-Term Renewable Generation Resources for Entergy New Orleans Inc. (ENOI).

Potential bidders and other stakeholders will have the opportunity to comment on the draft documents. Under the current schedule for the RFP, comments are due by June 22. ENOI intends to host a bidders conference, in New Orleans, on the RFP in early June. 

This RFP would seek up to 20 MW of energy, environmental attributes, capacity, capacity-related benefits, and other electric products from eligible renewable resources for deliveries starting as early as June 1, 2018, and as late as June 1, 2020. This is needed to help ENOI meet its integrated resource planning objectives, including, without limitation, increased depth and diversity of its generation resource portfolio.

Entergy Services intends to develop and submit into this RFP a cost estimate for a Self-Build Option. The Self-Build Option is an aggregated solar photovoltaic resource that will have a total capacity of up to 5 MW (ac). Each individual solar PV resource comprising a portion of the Self-Build Option will be at least 100 kW (ac), located at a site within Orleans Parish, Louisiana, and interconnected at a distribution voltage level of at or less than 13.2 kV on ENOI’s side of the electric meter. The Self-Build Option is expected to utilize existing buildings and properties, including customer-owned and ENOI or affiliate-owned sites.

Entergy New Orleans is an electric and gas utility that serves Orleans Parish, Louisiana. The company provides electric service to approximately 194,000 customers and natural gas service to approximately 105,000 customers. It is a unit of Entergy Corp. (NYSE: ETR).

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