The Large Renewable Procurement (LRP) is a competitive process for procuring large renewable energy projects (generally greater than 500 kW).
The first stage of the LRP is the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) stage wherein the OPA will seek to qualify applicants based on their ability to meet a set of mandatory requirements focused on past development experience and financial capability. This has been done through the LRP I RFQ.
The LRP I RFQ has now concluded and the OPA has determined the final list of Qualified Applicants. These entities will be eligible to submit proposals under the Request for Proposals (RFP) stage.
The OPA is not currently evaluating or qualifying specific large renewable projects. This occurs during the RFP stage wherein only qualified applicants identified on the LRP I RFQ Qualified Applicant List may submit project-specific proposals which will incorporate full details about the project. These details will include location, capacity, and connection point. An important part of a project proposal will be meaningful community engagement (e.g., with municipalities, Aboriginal communities and other groups).
The OPA has now posted the draft LRP I RFP, draft LRP I Contract and draft Prescribed Forms for review and comment. Qualified Applicants and stakeholders are encouraged to review these documents fulsomely and provide feedback by December 19, 2014. The OPA anticipates posting the final LRP I RFP and final LRP I Contract in February 2015.
At the conclusion of the LRP I RFP, the OPA may award contracts for successful projects up to specified procurement targets for each renewable fuel (300 MW for wind, 140 MW for solar, 75 MW for waterpower, and 50 MW for bioenergy).