Puerto Rico issues energy storage RFP to pre-selected firms
SAN JUAN – The Puerto Rico Public-Private Partnerships Authority (P3A) issued Wednesday a request for proposals (RFP) from pre-selected firms to present specific proposals for the development and installation of energy storage systems at critical Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (Prepa) substations.
The pre-selected consortia are AES Puerto Rico, LP and Fluence Energy LLC, PowerSecure Inc. and Tesla Inc.
The project proposals must include labor, engineering, design, acquisition of equipment and materials, permits, construction, installation, interconnection, testing, operation and maintenance of the energy storage system.
The equipment must provide at least 20 megawatts and 20 megawatt-hours at the point of interconnection, “no later than the second quarter of 2019,” according to the announcing release.
On June 22, P3A issued the request for qualifications (RFQ) for the project. The proponents presented their qualifications to carry out the design, construction, financing, operation and administration of an energy storage system that provides energy system “resilience” and stability during peak hours.
Eleven responses were received tor the project and has “been the one that has generated the most interest from the projects the P3A is evaluating.”
The project “was received as an unsolicited proposal and has gone through the required evaluation process,” the agency said.
“The development of a renewed energy grid requires concrete and viable reforms for the island. Through this RFP we allow pre-selected consortiums to present ideas and real proposals that will promote a new vision and action to transform our energy system,” Gov. Ricardo Rosselló says in the release.
P3A Executive Director Omar Marrero added that the administration is “very pleased with the well-known consortiums that will go to the bidding process due to their reputation and level of experience,” and that it remains “focused on transforming the energy system to a stronger and more resilient one….”
On June 20, the governor signed the Puerto Rico Electric System Transformation Act, “with the objective of converting Puerto Rico’s energy system into a modern, sustainable, reliable, efficient, profitable and resilient one,” the release reads. “This law provides the legal framework through which [Prepa] will determine the services and facilities that will be subject to public-private partnerships, as well as the generation assets of PREPA that will be sold or transferred.”