Under the utility’s request for proposals (RFP), notice of intent to bid must be received by 6 p.m. CDT Oct. 14. The deadline to submit completed bids is 6 p.m. CDT Nov. 15.
The utility did not say how much capacity it would like to build. However, under the RFP, all projects must be between 5 MW and 80 MW in size. What’s more, all projects must be sited in Alabama and fully operational by March 31, 2019.
Eligible projects must produce power from either a renewable resource or an environmentally specialized generating resource, the utility said. Combined heat and power projects and projects that derive gas from sewage treatment processes, solid municipal waste and landfills are also eligible, the company said.
“Renewable markets change a lot, and this proposal gives us a chance to see what may be out there in the 2017 and 2018 time frame,” said John Kelley, the utility’s director of forecasting and resource planning.
The utility noted it was founded with hydropower, which “remains an important part of the company’s generation mix” today.
In addition to building two solar projects at U.S. Army sites in the state, Alabama Power recently signed an agreement with a third party to develop a large solar project in eastern Alabama in Charles County.