Westar Energy, a Kansas’ electric utility, has launched a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy projects through power purchase agreements (PPA), among others, to provide generation by the 4th quarter 2016.
The company will accept proposals in the form of Westar ownership, a power purchase agreement (PPA) or other appropriate transactions. Westar will offer a portion of its Ironwood development rights in Ford and Hodgeman counties as potential project sites. Developers are free to use their own sites as well.
Interested parties must submit their proposals on or before July 20, 2015.
Although most renewable energy produced in Kansas has been wind, any renewable energy project will be considered if it meets Westar’s objective to provide affordable, clean energy to its customers. Through the project evaluation process, Westar will consider overall costs, the status of state and federal policy on renewable resources, regulatory treatment and adequate transmission capacity to deliver the renewable energy to customers.
Westar will give preference to projects in close proximity to Westar’s existing service area. However, competitive bids from outside Kansas will be evaluated as well.