Palo Alto, a chartered city located in Silicon Valley in the San Francisco Bay Area in northern California has put out a Request for Proposal (RFP), seeking proposals to provide electric power generated by renewable resources. The city is seeking contracts for power for terms ranging from five years to 30 years from eligible renewable resources.

This RFP is intended to help meet the the City’s Council-imposed renewable energy supply targets of 30% by 2012, and 33% by 2015. Palo Alto has a peak demand of 190 MW and an annual energy demand of 1,000 GWh.

Renewable electric power includes but is not limited to bundled electric energy, capacity, and environmental attributes. Renewable resources include wind, small hydroelectric (30 MW peak or less), geothermal, landfill gas, biomass, photovoltaic, solar thermal (with or without natural gas assist), qualifying municipal solid waste conversion, digester gas, fuel cells employing renewable fuel, ocean wave, ocean thermal, wave and tidal current.

Project(s) must produce at a minimum 10 gigawatt hours (GWh) per year and may consist of multiple smaller units at different locations that in aggregate meet the minimum size requirement. There is no maximum limit on Project size; however, for larger Projects the City seeks an off-take share of no greater than 75 GWh per year.

Palo Alto’s financial condition is sound. Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s rate the City’s general obligation bonds AAA and Aaa, respectively. The corresponding Utility Revenue Bond ratings are AA- and Aa3, respectively.

Click Here for detailed information on this RFP.

RFP SUBMITTAL DEADLINE: 3:00 P.M. Tuesday, November 3, 2009


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Author: Chris de Morsella (146 Articles)

After a decade performing as a lead guitarist for rock bands, Chris de Morsella decided to return to the career his uncle mentored him in as a youth....Software Engineering. Since that time he has thrown himself into his work. He has designed a compound document publishing architecture for regulatory submissions capable of handling very large multi-document FDA regulatory drug approval submissions, for Liquent, a division of Thompson Publishing. At the Associated Press, Chris worked with senior editors at facilities around the world, to develop a solution for replacing existing editorial systems with an integrated international content management solution. He lead the design effort at Microsoft for a help system for mobile devices designed to provide contextual help for users. Chris also helped to develop the web assisted installer for LifeCam2.0, the software for Microsoft’s web cam and developed late breaking features for the product He also served with the Rhapsody client team to redesign and build a major new release of Real Networks Rhapsody client product. His most recent assignment has been Working with the Outlook Mobile Time Management team for the next release of Outlook Mobile for the SmartPhone. Chris' interests are in green building and architecture, smart grid, the cloud, geo-thermal energy, solar energy, smart growth, organic farming and permaculture. Follow Chris on Twitter.