Feb 16 (Renewables Now) - A Request for Proposals (RfP) for up to 1.5 GW of utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) projects has been issued earlier this month by the board of supervisors of La Paz County in the US state of Arizona.
The board said there are advantages arising from plans for new transmission capacity in the area, and the availability of county-owned land to lease. More specifically, the Ten West Link is planned to pass nearby, connecting Tonopah, Arizona and Riverside County, California. At the same time, 8,800 acres (3,560 ha) of federal land are being requested for county ownership under House Resolution 6491 by Congressman Gosar.
The RfP goal is to find “proven developers” matching several conditions, including to have experience with large-scale projects in the state or in Arizona and Nevada, and with power purchase agreements (PPAs).
“La Paz County is located between large population centers at a critical geographic intersection of solar, natural gas and transmission assets so there is no reason why we should not become one of the nation’s largest generators of reliable power” stated Chairman of the La Paz County Board of Supervisors DL Wilson.