Kentucky Power on Oct. 17 said that proposals in response to its request for proposals (RFP) seeking up to 20 MW of solar energy to meet growing customer interest in solar options, as well as to diversify the company’s electric generation mix, are due by Feb. 1.
Kentucky Power President and COO Matt Satterwhite said in the statement, in part, that the company has “had requests from business customers in our region to explore solar energy options that could help them meet their own green energy goals.”
Under the RFP, the company may buy solar facilities from winning bidders who met certain economic and operational criteria. The company added that to qualify for consideration, projects must be located within Kentucky Power’s 20-county service territory in eastern Kentucky, be interconnected to PJM Interconnection or to Kentucky Power’s distribution system, and have a minimum project size of 5 MW.
Kentucky Power said that qualifying projects must be operational by Dec. 31, 2021.
Any solar projects selected by Kentucky Power through the RFP process are conditioned upon and subject to approval by the required regulatory authorities, the company noted, adding that if approved, the proposals would be the first solar projects in Kentucky Power’s generation portfolio. The company said that it currently generates about 81% of 2,240 MW of electricity supplied to its customers using coal and about 19% with natural gas.
According to the RFP, Kentucky Power is requesting bids that will result in obtaining up to about 20 MWac of nameplate rated, ground mounted solar energy resources via a purchase and sale agreement (PSA) for purchase of 100% of the equity interest of the project’s limited liability company at the completion of the project’s construction and commissioning.
The company may execute one or more agreements as a result of the RFP. The RFP added that the project must be located in Kentucky Power’s service territory, be designed for a minimum of 30 years, and qualify for 100% of the federal investment tax credit. The RFP also noted that prospective bidders are invited to consider proposing an alternative bid that combines the solar project with up to 1 MW of battery storage if sourced from a Kentucky battery manufacturer.
Among other things, the RFP said that bidders desiring to submit an interconnection request to Kentucky Power for a distribution interconnection only project must have their application submitted to the company by Nov. 15.