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2021 Solar Energy Resource RFP

Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power company, has made an informational filing with the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) associated with its plans to issue a Request for Proposals for solar resources.

SWEPCO has issued a Draft 2021 Solar PSA RFP to obtain up to 300 megawatts (MW) of Solar Resources via multiple purchase and sale agreements (PSA) for purchase of 100% equity interest in the project companies selected. Proposals may include a battery energy storage system (BESS) as an option. The optional BESS must be 1) no larger than 40% of the nameplate solar energy resource, and 2) for 4 and/or 8 hours of capacity.

Proposals will be evaluated based on criteria outlined in the final 2021 Solar PSA RFP. Projects must have a minimum name-plate rating of 50 MW and be operational by December 15, 2024 or December 31, 2025.

To qualify for consideration, Solar Projects must interconnect to the Southwest Power Pool (SPP) RTO and be located in SWEPCO Service Territory. Refer to the RFP for additional requirements (See Sections 4 and 9.1).

Proposals are due August 12, 2021. All proposal responses should be directed to the RFP Manager as outlined in the RFP documents.

Schedule

Draft RFP Posted Online:  April 28, 2021
Bidders Technical Conference:  May 26, 2021*
RFP Issued:  June 28, 2021*
Notice of Intent:  July 16, 2021
Q&A Deadline:  August 6, 2021
Proposal Due Date:  August 12, 2021
Final Selection and Negotiation:  October 15, 2021
Execute Definitive Agreements:  March 11, 2022
File for Regulatory Approvals:  March 26, 2022
Required Regulatory Approvals:  No later than March 27, 2023
Notice to Proceed:  No later than April 28, 2023
Commercial Operation Date:  No later than December 15, 2024 or December 15, 2025

*The above schedule is subject to review and approval by the LPSC Staff.

Documents

Bidder's Technical Conference

Date: May 26, 2021
Time: 1:00 p.m. CST (2:00 p.m. EST)
Place: Teleconference (details forthcoming)

Additional details to follow

Q&A

Questions should be directed via email to: SWEPCO2021RFP@aep.com.

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