The Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) is planning to seek bids from developers for 250 MW of solar power, according to a report from Bloomberg Businessweek. The projects are intended to reach compliance with a state requirement to obtain 25 percent of all power by renewable resources by the end of 2016.
Anh Wood, who manages three of the utility’s solar development programs, told Bloomberg LADWP plans to issue the request for proposals in June and may approve contracts in the first quarter of 2014.
According to Bloomberg, the four biggest planned installations will total 200 MW and be built on land at the utility’s Beacon project in Kern County, Calif. The previous owner of the project had proposed developing a 250 MW solar-thermal power plant on the site.
Wood told Bloomberg the utility now plans to build a 40 MW segment using photovoltaic panels, and developers that plan to build the remaining four segments must bid for 25-year power purchase agreements at no more than 8.5 cents per KWh.
Los Angeles has announced its intention to stop using coal-fired power generation, which currently accounts for 39 percent of the electricity supplied to the city. The LADWP is currently in negotiations to sell its share of the coal-fired Navajo Generating Station.
The bids for the larger sites will be bundled with proposals to build 50 MW of rooftop systems in the Los Angeles area, according to Bloomberg.
This story was originally published by Power Engineering online. It is republished with permission.