Proposals for Solar Projects – (Solar Thermal Magazine ) – The Lansing Board of Water & Light (BWL) has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for solar energy. The BWL seeks to contract with companies or organizations that are interested in supplying it with up to five megawatts of solar energy. A five megawatt solar energy installation would be the largest solar power facility in Michigan and approximately five times larger than the next largest array.
Bidders can submit proposals for one large array, a distributed solar program, community based solar project, or another format that they choose. The BWL would enter into a long-term power purchase agreement with the selected bidder(s), and plans to have the project(s) online by the summer of 2016.
“We are very excited to begin the RFP process and see the innovative projects that are submitted” said BWL General Manager Peter Lark.
The Lansing area has shown interest in a Community Solar program, and we hope to be able to provide that as well.
Community solar projects allow residents the ability to purchase clean, renewable energy from the sun without having to install the panels on their home.
The BWL is a leader in renewable energy, and was the first utility in Michigan to develop a renewable portfolio standard. Adding additional solar generation in Lansing will keep the BWL on track to meet the 10% renewable energy goal by 2015, as established by Michigan law.
The BWL’s renewable energy portfolio includes the BWL Moores Park hydroelectric unit along the Grand River and the BWL Cedar Street Solar Array consisting of 432 solar panels. The BWL’s REO Town Headquarters and Cogeneration Plant has solar panels on the headquarters building roof and a regenerative hydrogen fuel cell. The BWL has agreements with Lansing’s Granger Landfill Energy which operates two facilities that generates landfill gas into electricity, and Tower/Kleber Hydro which operates two northern Michigan hydroelectric units near Cheboygan. The BWL is also adding a wind component, which will begin production in fall of 2014, resulting in over 6% of the BWL total retail electric generation coming from renewables.