On behalf of the Virginia Office of Public-Private Partnerships (VAP3) and the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy, Gov. Terry McAuliffe, D-Va., has released a request for information (RFI) for a potential solar energy development project.
The state is looking at whether solar energy development at, around and/or atop state-owned property and/or buildings would make business sense, address state priorities and benefit the public.Â
The RFI is seeking responses from individuals, firms, teams or organizations that have experience with solar energy development projects and that may have an interest in developing, designing, building and/or financing a solar energy public-private partnership (P3) project in Virginia.
The issuing parties are seeking information that will help evaluate options for development, financing, procurement and/or delivery of the project, as well as identify potential site locations.Â
The RFI is one component of the governor's energy initiatives, which include the quadrennial Virginia Energy Plan centered on (1) growing and diversifying Virginia's energy economy with a particular focus on renewable energy, and on measures to reduce energy costs and consumption statewide, and (2) the creation of a state solar energy development authority, which would facilitate solar energy P3 projects.
"If we are going to build a new Virginia economy, we must find innovative ways to diversify the fuel we use to power that economy," says Gov. McAuliffe." Virginia has the drive and resources to become a leader in the energy sector. This RFI is one step forward in achieving this and sending the signal that Virginia is serious about enhancing its solar energy industry."
More information on the RFI can be found here.