February 27 (Renewables Now) - Colorado utility Platte River Power Authority is seeking to add at least 20 MW of fresh solar photovoltaic (PV) and up to 5 MWh of battery storage capacity through a newly-issued request for proposals (RfP).
The company, which supplies electricity to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, said last week it will await proposals by March 30. It will use the electricity generated by the proposed PV parks as part of a community solar programme, providing the power to communities in the four regions.
Successful bidders will be awarded long-term power purchase agreements (PPAs) for the solar plants, required to be constructed and be brought online between June 2019 and end-2021. The facilities have to be connected to Platte River’s transmission systems, the utility said, adding that the expected output of the solar parks will be enough to supply about 4,000 homes.
At present, nearly 30% of the power that Platte River provides to its owner communities is derived from carbon-free sources, including wind and solar. The new capacity additions are expected to expand the company’s non-carbon portfolio by almost 50%, it said.