Duke issues renewables RFP for the Carolinas

The Charlotte-based utility said solar, wind, biomass and landfill gas projects are qualified to be developed throughout North and South Carolina.

A subsidiary of US utility Duke Energy is seeking proposals to develop up to 750,000MWh of renewable energy generation throughout North and South Carolina.

Duke Energy Carolinas' (DEC) request for proposals to build what amounts to 400MW of renewables facilities applies to solar, wind, biomass and landfill gas projects, the company said in a statement. Projects must qualify for renewable energy certificates and be located in DEC service territory throughout the Carolinas.

Duke, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, said the RFP will help meet its goal to sell 12.5 percent of its electricity from renewables and efficient sources by 2021.

The utility said investors can bid on three options: purchase power proposals; engineering and construction proposals, in which DEC takes ownership of the project; or late-state development proposals, where DEC would take ownership and build the new facility.

“We want to encourage market development of more renewable generation in the Duke Energy Carolinas system in the most competitive manner possible,” Rob Caldwell, president of Duke Energy Renewables and Distributed Energy Technology, said in a statement. “This RFP gives developers the opportunity to either pursue projects themselves or sell current projects under development to Duke Energy.”

The RFP closes on 28 November, and proposed projects must be in operation by 31 December, 2018.