Georgia Power is soliciting proposals through a combined Requests for Proposals (RFP) process to fulfill nearly 500 megawatts (MW) of utility-scale solar generation. The RFP includes 70 MW to complete the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative (GPASI) portfolio and 425 MW approved as part of the company’s 2013 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). The RFP will be conducted with oversight by the Accion Group, Inc., which is serving as the Independent Evaluator for the process. Details about the solicitation and the in-service dates for the programs are outlined on Accion’s website. The company will accept comments on the draft RFP documents through January 31, 2014 and will host a RFP bidders conference at the company’s Atlanta headquarters on January 13, 2014.
Higher Power Energy LLC, based in Flower Mound, Texas has broken ground on a 300 megawatt wind farm in Castro County, southwest of Amarillo. Lincoln Renewable Energy will build the wind farm, which will have more than 100 General Electric turbines spread out over 35,000 acres.
Basin Electric has signed a power purchase agreement associated with the development of a new wind project to be developed in South Dakota. The project is co-owned by Fagen Inc. of Granite Falls, and the principals of Dakota Plains Energy, a wind farm developer based in Aberdeen, S.D. The project is planned to be operational by the end of 2015.
Ferrellgas Partners, L.P. has announced the acquisition of Motor Propane Service, an independent propane company with locations in Manitowoc and Sheboygan, Wisconsin. It is Ferrellgas’ second acquisition in its fiscal year that began August 1, 2013, joining the company’s recent purchase of KanGas Corporation, which was completed on Nov. 25, 2013. Specific terms of the transaction, which the company indicates will be immediately accretive, were not disclosed.