The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase solar photovoltaic generation from independent power producers. The authority is seeking a maximum of 10 MW of electrical capacity, allocating approximately 5 MW to each of its two generation facilities serving the districts of St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix.
Consideration will be given to a different allocation of the 10 MW capacity between the two districts. The selected respondents will be responsible for constructing, operating and maintaining all facets of the project. The utility will sign a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the procurement of solar energy from one or more selected respondents, with an option to renew for another 5 years.
To assist interested bidders, the preferred model of the PPA, with specific terms and general concepts important in developing responsive proposals is included in the RFP. Under the PPA, projects are required to be commercially operational 18 months after approval of the agreement by the authority's governing board and the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission.
The full solar PV RFP can be viewed here.