Renewable Energy RFPs (via US Dept of Energy)

This update contains solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power as a courtesy to our subscribers. Unless otherwise noted, these requests for proposals and solicitations are neither supported nor endorsed by the U.S. Department of Energy, Green Power Network. 

Deadline: February 5, 2016

Appalachian Power Company RFP seeking proposals to solicit and subsequently pre-qualify companies who have an interest in participating in the company’s RFP for obtaining up to 10 MW (AC) of ground-mounted solar energy resources via either an asset purchase with 100% ownership or 20-year PPA. Proposed projects must be located within Virginia, be interconnected to the PJM Regional Transmission Operator or Appalachian Power’s distribution system, and have a minimum nameplate rating of 5 MW (AC). The project must be capable of being operational by Dec. 31, 2017. A pre-qualification form is required and must be returned via email by Dec. 4, 2015. 

Contact: John Shepelwich, 540-985-2968, 540-613-7460,

Solar panels just broke another record in the U.S. by Katie Fehrenbacher |

“…the amount of U.S. residential solar panels has been growing more rapidly, and has been expanding across more states than ever before. The amount of home solar roofs grew 70% year-over-year for the most recent quarter, and went from four states with vibrant residential solar markets in 2013, to ten states today.” 

Let’s be clear, the theory is that every home can, and should be powered by Solar Power.

Understanding Maximum Power Points (MPP) BY BRIAN HANSEN | Civic Solar

“Designing systems so that panels operate as close as possible to their Maximum Power Point is critical to maximizing the performance of the system. A large central inverter such as the Solectria 500XTM has one power point, which means that all panels in the array will produce the same voltage and amperage. If the array is uniform and free from shading, this is generally not a major issue.” Here

Press Release: IRS Rules Favorably on Owner’s Eligibility for Federal Tax Credit for a Community-Shared Solar Project

September 1, 2015

by Clean Energy States Alliance

The Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA) and the Boston office of law firm Foley Hoag, LLP have issued a press release about an August 2015 IRS ruling that has implications for community-shared solar projects nationwide. 

More information and resources related to this ruling 

Homeowners Could Save Up to 40 Percent on Electricity by Flexing Their Demand, Report SaysBy Melissa C. Lott | August 29, 2015

Buy, make, or eliminate – these are the three main ways that we have gone about meeting our electricity needs for the past century. But, according to a new report by the Rocky Mountain Institute, a rapidly growing fourth option is appearing across the country and offering a way for homeowners to decrease their monthly bills.Read the article here: Scientific America 

First and 10.

How much success is solar having by partnering with major NFL teams? A lot. Just saw the NRG logo flash across the jumbotron of the New York Jets and Atlanta Falcons game, and I’m in my house watching it on TV.  Here’s an article about the growth. Jan 2014. In addition, Met Life Stadium, NRG, and Solar power got a lot of market power during the Super Bowl XLVIII. There’s also, former Wide-receiver, and one-time NYJet, Tim Dwight making news again by starting his own company, Integrated Power Corp.