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.