Duke Energy issues RFPs for solar projects

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Duke Energy last week issued a request for proposals (RFP) for about 53 megawatts (AC) of utility-scale solar capacity to be in-service in its South Carolina service areas by the end of 2016.

The announcement is another step forward in Duke Energy’s Distributed Energy Resource Program, which was approved by the Public Service Commission on July 15, the company said in a release.

The RFP gives bidders the flexibility to offer a power-purchase agreement to the company, or to provide a proposal through which Duke Energy would take ownership of the proposed project. Utility-scale projects should be greater than 1 and no more than 10 megawatts in capacity.

In a separate RFP, the company seeks up to 5 megawatts of solar capacity for its Shared Solar Program, an offer 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. Projects should be greater than 250 kilowatts and no more than 1 megawatt of capacity.

The company anticipates 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 renters or those who live in multifamily housing.

The deadline for both RFPs is mid-October. More information about the Duke Energy RFP is available at duke-energy.com/generate-your-own-power/sc-renewable-energy-certs.asp.

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