By Editors of Power Engineering
Tucson Electric Power issued RFPs for both solar and wind developments that could be as large as 100 MW each.
The solar RFP seeks to purchase power from a solar facility under a 20-year agreement. This RFP would boost TEP’s total community-scale solar energy resources by nearly 40 percent.
The new facility should begin producing power in early 2019.
TEP’s wind proposal would also purchase power from a new facility for 20 years and double the utility’s wind capacity, currently at 80 MW.
Both RFPs are being managed by New Hampshire-based Accion Group.
TEP wants to deliver at least 30 percent of its power from renewable energy resources by 2030, which would double the state’s 2025 goal. TEP anticipates an additional 800 MW of new renewable capacity by the end of 2030, boosting its total renewable energy portfolio to 1,200 MW.
The utility is also switching away from using coal.