Furthering efforts to provide renewable energy to customers, Duke Energy Carolinas issued a request for 750,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy located in its territory. The RFP is open to solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas and other facilities that qualify as a renewable energy resource under REPS requirements – excluding swine and poultry waste. Facilities must be located in the DEC service territory.
“We want to encourage market development of more renewable generation in the Duke Energy Carolinas system in the most competitive manner possible,” said Rob Caldwell, president, Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology. “This RFP gives developers the opportunity to either pursue projects themselves or sell current projects under development to Duke Energy.”
The RFP calls for 750,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy and associated renewable energy certificates (RECs) located in the DEC territory. A REC, equaling one megawatt-hour of renewable energy generation, demonstrates Duke Energy’s compliance with the renewable energy mandate.
The 750,000 MWh figure is about what 400 MWs of solar capacity would generate in a year. When operating at peak capacity, it is enough to supply the energy needs of nearly 62,000 residential houses.
Interested bidders must already be in the DEC interconnection queue, which includes renewable projects already proposed in the region. The RFP allows bidders the flexibility to offer three options:
• Purchased power proposals;
• engineer, procurement and construction turnkey proposals in which Duke Energy takes ownership of the new facility; or
• project development proposals that are in the late stages of development where Duke Energy would take ownership and build the new facility.
Proposed projects must be in operation by Dec. 31, 2018.
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