In the US, North Carolina’s Duke Energy has released a request for proposals (RFP) for 53MW of utility-scale solar capacity as part of its Distributed Energy Resource Programme.
There are several bidding options available to interested parties.
Duke Energy offers the flexibility of a power-purchase agreement with the company, and/or to provide a proposal through which Duke Energy would take ownership of the proposed project.
Apart from the 53MW utility solar array, Duke Energy has issued a separate RFP for 5MW of solar capacity for its Shared Solar Program, that will allow “multiple customers to subscribe to the output of a specific solar facility and share in the economic benefits of the power produced, according to a statement.
Duke Energy has specified that eligible projects should be greater than 250 kilowatts and no more than 1MW of capacity.
The utility company expects the solar capacity to be in-service in its South Carolina territory by the end of 2016.
Duke Energy anticipates that the Shared Solar Program will be particularly attractive to customers who want to receive the benefits of renewable energy but may not be able to install solar on their premises, such as those who rent at their place of residence or those who live in multi-family housing.
Clark Gillespy, Duke Energy president - South Carolina, said: “The collaborative vision to bring solar to South Carolina is now becoming a reality to the benefit of our customers, communities and the state.
"We see South Carolina becoming a leader in the adoption of new solar."
The deadline for both RFP for the 53MW of utility-scale solar capacity and 5MW solar capacity is mid-October.