Arizona utility issues 20MW RFP

Electric utility Arizona Public Service has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for two 10MW solar PV plants – one located on Luke Air Force Base (AFB) and the other to be built in partnership with the City of Phoenix.

APS will finance both plants through its AZ Sun Program that allows the utility to partner with third-party developers and equipment providers to design and construct the facilities.

Proposed projects must utilize commercially proven technology, and be completed and in full commercial operation in 2015.

APS will lease land from Luke AFB over 30 years for the facility there as part of a so-called Enhanced Use Lease. Energy EULs are a partnership between the Air Force and public entities to encourage renewable energy development.

The arrangement will save the Air Force money while helping it meet renewable energy goals set by Congress. All three military services have each committed to procuring and producing 1GW of renewable energy at their permanent installations (and/or on 65,000sq km of military land opened for development.

The Air Force intends to meet this goal by 2016.

The utility did not name a location for the joint project with Phoenix.

It has already seven AZ Sun Projects either in operation or under construction totaling 170MW.