Appalachian Power’s New RFP Focuses on Solar Energy and Storage in West Virginia

Appalachian Power has released a request to proposals (RFP), for up to 150MW of solar energy resources, with the option to add a battery energy storage device. The company wants to acquire the solar facilities by negotiating purchase and sales agreements with developers who meet certain criteria. 

Bids must be at most 50 MW in size and located in West Virginia. They must also be interconnected to PJM (an independent regional transmission organisation that manages the electric grid across 13 states, including West Virginia). The Federal Investment Tax Credit can be applied to projects that are in operation by December 15, 2025.

Appalachian Power issued the RFP under the provisions of West Virginia Senate Bill 553, which was passed in 2020. It is intended to encourage the development and operation of solar energy facilities and renewable energy resources. Submissions that are located on the eligible sites will be preferred, as per the legislation. These sites include property used in electric generation, industrial manufacturing or mining operations.

“The RFP issued today is our company’s second request for bids following the West Virginia legislation,” says Chris Beam, Appalachian Power’s president and COO. “Our first request resulted in a signed contract for a 50 MW solar project in Berkeley County, and we are ready and eager to build on that success.”

Online access to criteria, forms, and other details for businesses who wish to submit a proposal is possible. All proposals must be submitted by March 31st, 2022. Appalachian Power’s selection of a solar project through the RFP is subject to regulatory approval.