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Appalachian Power issues RFP for solar projects

Appalachian Power Co. is seeking up to 25 MW of utility-scale solar projects within its Virginia or West Virginia service territory.

The American Electric Power Co. Inc. subsidiary will either acquire the solar facilities after completion or purchase their output from winning bidders if certain economic and operational criteria are met, according to a Jan. 19 release.

The request for proposals also requires that the facilities be interconnected to the PJM regional transmission operator or to the company's distribution system and have a nameplate rating of at least 5 MW.

Construction on the qualifying projects should have started after Jan. 1, 2016, and should be completed by Dec. 31, 2019. The solar projects selected by the company through the proposals are conditioned upon and subject to approval by the required regulatory authorities. If approved, they will be the first solar projects in Appalachian Power's generating portfolio.

Complete qualification criteria and required forms are available online at http://www.appalachianpower.com/go/rfp.