2018 Oregon Community Solar RFP

This 2018OCS Request for Proposals for solar photovoltaic (PV) resources is seeking cost-competitive bids for individual projects up to 3.0 megawatts (MW) of new greenfield, alternating current (AC) solar energy directly interconnecting with PacifiCorp’s distribution or transmission system and located in PacifiCorp’s Oregon service territory.  Projects must be a discrete generating asset that is not located behind any load served by a utility or net-metered and the project must be individually metered and remotely monitored.  In this 2018OCS RFP, PacifiCorp is seeking up to 6.0 MW total, comprising of two or more individual solar PV projects.

Any project submitted in this 2018OCS RFP must demonstrate ability to obtain Qualifying Facility (QF) status as defined by Oregon Commission rules, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules, and the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (PURPA).

The minimum individual project size for bids is 360 kW and the maximum size limit is 3.0 MW.   Co-location of projects bid in this 2018OCS RFP is not permitted within a five-mile radius unless: (a) the aggregate nameplate capacity of the co-located projects is three megawatts or less; or (b) the co-located projects are all sited within a single municipality or urban area as defined in the Program Implementation Manual.

Proposals for new solar PV resources must demonstrate that projects will achieve commercial operation on or before May 31, 2020.

PacifiCorp is seeking proposals for a twenty (20) year fixed price power purchase agreement (PPA), with exclusive ownership by PacifiCorp of any and all environmental attributes associated with all energy generated.   In addition, PacifiCorp is requesting that each proposal include an irrevocable firm fixed price purchase option for PacifiCorp, exercisable by PacifiCorp prior to the project’s commercial operations date.

PacifiCorp will not be submitting a self-build, or Benchmark, option in this RFP or accepting bids from any PacifiCorp affiliate in this RFP. 

PacifiCorp is also not accepting “build-transfer” structures under the RFP at this time, or any commercial structures other than a PPA.

Proposals will be considered (or not considered) at PacifiCorp’s sole discretion and PacifiCorp reserves the right to reject non-compliant bids.

Communications with PacifiCorp can also be emailed to the following email address:

Schedule: The indicative schedule for the 2018OCS RFP, subject to change, is shown below.




Solar RFP Issued to Market

July 17, 2018


Solar RFP Bidder Conference

August 8, 2018


Solar RFP Notice of Interest

August 8, 2018


Solar RFP Bids Due

August 23, 2018


Solar Shortlist Completed / Bidders Notified

September 14, 2018


Solar Shortlist Price Update Due

September 20, 2018


Solar Shortlist Evaluation Completed

October 4, 2018


Execution Ready Agreements Completed

November 28, 2018