SMUD Releases PV Energy RFO

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has released a Request for Offers (RFO) of California Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) — eligible solar photovoltaic (PV) energy located within the SMUD service territory to negotiate and execute a power purchase agreement (PPA).

The goal of this RFO is to select bidders who will finance, install, own, and operate solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and sell the electrical output to SMUD. Desired proposals will include PPA offers of 20 years. PPAs resulting from this solicitation will be structured to purchase capacity and energy as available and will be for fixed or melded price. SMUD also will consider projects in which it will “pre-pay” for some or all of the contracted solar energy.

The primary goal of this solicitation is to obtain PV generation to support SMUD’s efforts to increase the use of solar energy within the District’s service territory. This effort will continue SMUD’s leadership role in solar energy as well as contribute to recently enacted state legislation. SMUD’s history with PV in both customer programs and utility-scale generation spans more than two decades.

A secondary objective is to use the generation to support the District’s renewable energy goals. While solar remains a small percentage of the renewable energy mix, SMUD is looking for a generation facility that can qualify for contribution toward the SMUD RPS.

Each submittal is limited to one project of 1-megawatt of electricity located at a developer-designated site within the SMUD distribution service territory. All interconnection costs from the project location to the SMUD distribution system will be assumed entirely by the seller.

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