Pacific Business News & Maui County Press Release - Maui County is looking for solar photovoltaic firms to install, operate, maintain and own solar PV systems, and then sell the energy generated to the county under a power purchase agreement.
Maui County Energy Commissioner Doug McLeod told PBN that the size of the project isn't known, but it hopes to install 1 megawatts of solar energy.
The county has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) that covers 15 sites, several of which involve multiple buildings, said McLeod, who noted that it also allows rooftop, ground mount and carport PV.
There may be some final adjustments of the exact number of facilities before the site inspections at the end of June, McLeod noted. "Like our earlier RFP, this is a power purchase agreement, in which private investors will pay for the systems, so there is no upfront cost to the county."
So far, Maui County has installed about 2.4 megawatts of solar energy at 18 facilities under the earlier 2011 procurement.
Proposals for the current RFP are due by July 31.
The expected growth of solar PV for Maui County comes on the heels of a Solar Summit held last Friday and put on by the county and the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui.