San Antonio electric utility to issue RFP for ‘bundle’ of solar, natural gas capacity
CPS Energy, San Antonio’s public power utility, is planning to issue a request for proposals (RFP) as early as this summer to replace 1,700 megawatts (MW) of capacity from gas steam units that are nearing the end of their useful lives.
CPS plans to advertise globally to companies that can fulfill the needs of its “FlexPower Bundle” – 900 MW of solar capacity, 50 MW of battery storage, and 300 MW to 500 MW of natural gas capacity or alternate technology.
The utility had been planning to advertise the solicitation earlier this year, but it encountered delays because of the pandemic.
CPS recently ranked fifth in solar energy capacity among major U.S. cities, according to an annual report by a research and policy center. San Antonio also maintained its first-place spot in Texas for solar power capacity within city limits and first in the South Central region. The report also found that CPS Energy ranked second nationally among municipally owned utilities for total solar power.