Kentucky Power is looking to add up to 20 MW of solar energy to meet growing customer interest in solar options and to diversify its electric generation mix.
A new request for proposals (RFP) seeks bids for new solar resources to be purchased by Kentucky Power, which provides electric service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.
Under the RFP, Kentucky Power may buy solar facilities from winning bidders that meet certain economic and operational criteria. To qualify for consideration, projects must be located within Kentucky Power’s service territory, be interconnected to PJM or to Kentucky Power’s distribution system, and have a minimum project size of 5 MW. Qualifying projects must be operational by Dec. 31, 2021.
Projects are subject to approval by the required regulatory authorities. If approved, the proposals would represent the first solar projects in Kentucky Power’s generation portfolio. Currently, Kentucky Power generates about 81% of customers’ electricity with coal and about 19% with natural gas.
“We have had requests from business customers in our region to explore solar energy options that could help them meet their own green energy goals,” states Matt Satterwhite, Kentucky Power’s president and chief operating officer. “We are evaluating our future energy needs to meet customer demand and exploring how solar can fit into that mix. Adding solar could help our communities diversify their economies and boost development in eastern Kentucky as more and more businesses seek renewable energy to power their operations.”
Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 1, 2019. More on the RFP can be found here.