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AEP Ohio issues RFP for 400 MW of solar resources

AEP Ohio issued a request for proposals Oct. 18 for up to 400 MW of solar energy resources under an agreement approved by the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the criteria outlined in the RFP, including preference given to sites that are located in Appalachian Ohio, the American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary said in a news release.

A renewable energy agreement approved by Ohio regulators in November 2016 calls for 400 MW of solar and 500 MW of wind power to be generated in Ohio.

Under the agreement, AEP must have the right to own up to 50% of a generating project. AEP will operate the generating unit. The minimum nameplate bid size is 50 MW, though a bidder may aggregate multiple sites as long as each individual site is at least 10 MW. Eligible proposed generating units must have construction started after Jan. 1, 2016, and have a commercial operation date no later than Dec. 31, 2021, according to the RFP.

Proposals are due Dec. 18. AEP expects to execute contracts with successful bidders in the second quarter of 2018. Specific projects must be approved by state regulators and the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. Notices to proceed with construction are expected to be granted sometime in 2020.

AEP Ohio is known legally as Ohio Power Co.