CPS Energy issues community solar solicitation

San Antonio, Texas-based public power utility CPS Energy on Jan. 5 issued a request for proposals for a community solar project.

CPS Energy said that it is soliciting proposals for up to five megawatts of new solar photovoltaic generation to offer to its customers that are unable to mount solar directly to their roof.

CPS Energy issued the RFP “for the purpose of engaging in a power purchase agreement” that would provide CPS Energy 100 percent of the net electrical output from the PV.

The public power utility said that the project must be located within the CPS electric delivery service territory, “and must be connected to the CPS Energy distribution system with all interconnection costs to be paid by respondent.”

The project may be located on a single site or multiple sites and all sites proposed “should be ideal for a solar plant siting, of a consistent elevation and clear of trees.”

The utility said that all proposals must utilize PV panels “and existing, proven technologies, with demonstrated reliable generation performance.”

“Each proposal shall set forth the capacity (1 MW and/or 5 MW) of the proposed facility. CPS Energy also encourages respondents to propose innovative solutions to broaden customer participation,” the RFP states.

Under the RFP schedule, proposals will be due by 3 p.m. Central time on Feb. 26, 2018.

Additional details about the solicitation are available here.