Minnesota Co-op Issues Solar And Storage RFP

Great River Energy (GRE), a Minnesota-based electric cooperative, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) seeking up to 10 MW of solar PV generation resources to be located on multiple sites and interconnected to the Dakota Electric Association (DEA) distribution system. DEA is one of the distribution members of GRE.

GRE says it will purchase the output of the solar PV generation subject to a power purchase agreement (PPA) with a term of no less than 20 years and no more than 25 years, with the start of deliveries by Dec. 31, 2019.

GRE notes it is also seeking up to 10 MW/20 MWh of energy storage systems (ESS), configured for PV-only charging, co-located with the solar PV facilities. GRE will purchase the ESS services subject to a long-term energy storage services agreement (LTESSA) with a term of no less than 10 years.

In the event that the successful proposer provides both the solar PV generation resource and the associated ESS for a particular co-location, the PPA and the LTESSA may be developed as an integrated agreement, according to GRE. ESS providers that are not solar PV providers are encouraged to submit stand-alone proposals for the ESS and are not required to provide a solar PV proposal. In the event that different proposers provide the solar PV generation resource and the ESS for a particular co-location, it may be necessary to develop additional agreements that provide for the integrated operation of the facilities.
The proposer is responsible for site identification.

Proposals are due Feb. 16. More details can be found here.

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