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Published Aug. 24, 2015

South Carolina Electric & Gas has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for solar developers to submit bid proposals for utility-scale solar projects. The RFP asks bidders to provide proposals for sales of solar power to the utility through purchased power agreements with a goal of adding at least 30 megawatts of new utility-scale solar to its system before the end of 2016.

“Renewable energy is part of our overall diverse generation portfolio that will help us meet the needs of our customers now and in the future, including 30% nuclear, 30% natural gas, 30% scrubbed coal, and 10% hydro and other renewable sources,” said Keller Kissam, SCE&G’s president of retail operations.

The Cayce-based utility, principal subsidiary of investor-owned SCANA Corp., said it has been evaluating and pursuing additional renewable energy sources since 2007.

SCE&G presently has about 300 solar customers, interconnected to its electric system who own and operate renewable energy generation facilities, such as solar panels.

In 2014, Gov. Nikki Haley signed the landmark legislation known as the “South Carolina Distributed Energy Resource Program Act,” opening the door for increased solar installations across the state.

The law includes a provision allowing SCE&G to request authorization from the Public Service Commission of South Carolina to add both utility-scale and customer-scale installed solar energy to its system.

Earlier this summer, state regulators approved SCE&G’s request to implement a portfolio of Distributed Energy Resource programs which are designed to encourage customers to procure solar renewable energy facilities for their home or business.

The RFP outlines technical requirements for solar developers regarding the installation, operation and maintenance of the solar photovoltaic distributed generation systems. The RFP will be made available to prospective bidders via PowerAdvocate, a web-based platform that will be used to administer the RFP. Registration and creation of a PowerAdvocate Supplier Account is required to review the RFP and associated documentation, and to provide a response to the RFP.

For bidders who require a new PowerAdvocate Supplier Account click here and then click on the “Registration” link at the top of the screen, and follow the instructions to complete registration as a supplier. All potential bidders must request an invitation to review the RFP.

The request for an invitation must be made via email using the SCEGSolarRFP@scana.com email address.

The email subject line should read “Solar RFP Request for Invitation.” The body of the email must include the full company name, contact name, phone number, email address, and PowerAdvocate registration information as it appears in PowerAdvocate.

All RFP applications must be submitted by 5 p.m. Sept. 14. The RFP process will close on Nov. 11, and all contracts are expected to be finalized by March 16.

For more information about SCE&G’s solar initiative, click here.

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