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Palo Alto, California, issues RFP for community solar project

From the July 9, 2014 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published July 9, 2014

By Jeannine Anderson
The city of Palo Alto, California, has issued a request for proposals to create a community solar program with a capacity of at least one megawatt and as much as 3 MW. A pre-proposal webinar is offered today (July 9) at 2 p.m., Pacific Standard Time. Proposals are due by Aug. 12.

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) said its primary goals for the program are:
•  to help facilitate reaching the city’s target of meeting 4 percent of its energy needs from local solar energy by 2023 (from 0.7 percent in 2013), and 
•  to give all of the utility's customers – including those who rent and those without
sufficient solar access – the opportunity to experience and derive benefit from solar power.

CPAU expects to purchase the full output of electricity produced by the solar unit, which would be owned by a third party.

More information is posted on the city's solicitations page.

Any questions about the RFP should be directed to Carolynn Bissett, the contract administrator. 



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