American Electric Power’s Appalachian Power on June 26 said that it has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 50 MW of solar energy resources in West Virginia.
The RFP has a minimum bid size of 10 MW, operational date of December 2022, and provides developers the option of including an energy storage system with their proposal, the company said. To be eligible, the site must be in West Virginia and previously used in electric generation, industrial, manufacturing or mining operations to include brownfield, closed landfills, hazardous waste sites, former industrial sites, and former mining sites, the company said.
Appalachian Power said that it issued the RFP as part of the provisions of West Virginia Senate Bill 583, which, as noted in the RFP, has created a program to further the development of renewable energy resources and renewable energy facilities for solar energy.
The company said in its statement that under the RFP, it may acquire a single or multiple solar facilities from winning bidders that meet certain economic and operational criteria. Qualifying projects must be operational by Dec. 15, 2022, and qualify for the federal investment tax credit. The company noted that to qualify for consideration, projects must be located in West Virginia and interconnected to Appalachian Power’s West Virginia distribution system or PJM Interconnection.
As noted in the RFP, the company is requesting bids that will result in obtaining up to 50 MWac of nameplate rated solar energy resources via one or more purchase and sale agreements (PSAs) for purchase of 100% of the equity interests of the project’s limited liability company (Project LLC). Standalone energy storage resource proposals will not be accepted in the RFP, the document noted.
The RFP further noted that proposal pricing must be for the company’s acquisition of a turnkey project that is complete, commercially operable, integrated solar-powered electric generating plant designed for a minimum of a 30-year life; including solar modules, inverters, power stations, balance of plant equipment, operations and maintenance facilities, energy storage systems, SCADA and all facilities required to deliver energy into the Appalachian Power distribution electrical system or PJM. Proposal pricing must also include the costs associated with, for instance, a minimum of two-year comprehensive warranty from a creditworthy entity for all non-module balance of plant equipment including design, labor and materials, and fitness for purpose, the RFP said.
Among other things, the RFP noted that the proposal due date is Aug. 6, with contract execution scheduled to occur January 2021.