Florida Municipal Power Agency Seeks Solar

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) says it is exploring the use of solar photovoltaic technology to help meet its customers' growing electricity needs in an environmentally responsible manner.

FMPA, a wholesale power agency owned by municipal electric utilities in Florida, says member cities' electricity needs are projected to increase almost 30% by 2021. To meet these growing needs, FMPA must develop a balanced mix of power resources that pairs proven technologies with innovative renewable technologies like solar.

FMPA has issued a request seeking solar photovoltaic equipment or a contract to purchase electricity generated with solar technology. The request for proposals, the agency says, is a significant first step toward exploring and eventually developing solar generation.

Bidders are invited to submit proposals ranging from the supply of solar photovoltaic equipment, to the installation of a turnkey solar project, to a power purchase contract or electricity generated by solar photovoltaic technology. FMPA's request asks for proposals that could provide up to 100 MW of electrical generation installed over a period of five years. FMPA would begin by installing 10 MW in the first year, 2008, with additional capacity added in future years.

A copy of the request for proposals can be found HERE. Proposals are due in January 2008.

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