Southern California Edison (SCE) has issued a request for offers (RFO) to acquire up to 50 MW of electricity from new renewable distributed generating facilities.
The RFO is in support of SCE's Preferred Resources Pilot (PRP) in central and south Orange County, Calif.
SCE is seeking power from projects as small as 500 kW that can connect to its distribution system in the area and come online by December 2017. The renewable sources of power bid in this solicitation may include solar and wind generation, along with other renewable resources.
"SCE looks forward to soliciting for renewable distributed resources in the PRP area, such as rooftop and carport solar photovoltaic systems, to study how these clean resources can help contribute to local grid reliability," says Jim Buerkle, director of energy contracts management for SCE.
SCE says projects that meet RFO requirements will compete in an open and competitive process.
‘This pilot is a real-world test where SCE is exploring how cleaner-energy resources can help maintain or improve electric service reliability in a densely populated area and potentially lessen dependence on natural gas generation,’ says Caroline McAndrews, director of SCE's PRP.
SCE has scheduled a bidder's Web conference on Dec. 2. Conference registration and additional information about the eligibility requirements, pro-forma power purchase agreement and other RFO information can be found here.