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Solar Power Purchase Program


The 2017 SP3 Round 1 application period ending Sept 8th resulted in four project awards totaling 819 kW-dc at a weighted average price per kilowatt hour ~11.4¢.


The Solar Power Purchase Program (SP3) incentivizes the installation of new, local solar systems on commercial customer facilities.

The basis of the SP3 is a fixed-price (non- escalating), 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) between Utilities and system owners for solar generation located on commercial facilities. Commercial customers may enter agreements with solar developers for installation of the systems, which may include financing, lease-purchase and rooftop property leasing.

The energy output of the solar system goes directly to Utilities’ electric grid “in front of the billing meter” and system owners are paid based on their PPA. The agreement does not alter the customer’s electric bill. This arrangement is commonly known within the solar industry as a feed-in-tariff or “FIT” model. The PPAs also convey the Renewable Energy Credits (RECs)—the right to claim the renewable energy attributes of a project—to Utilities to reach community clean energy goals.

The solar projects from this program will help Utilities’ meet its renewable energy goal for 2020. In addition, the locally produced renewable energy supports the community’s Climate Action Plan and Energy Policy greenhouse gas reduction goals while supporting local investment.

City Council authorized funding for the program in November 2016, which is capped at $282,500/ year.

Round 2 of applications will be accepted through Feb. 15, 2018.

For SP3 project proposals, bidders may identify pending trade or market uncertainties and define the potential impacts to the pricing, power purchase agreement timeline or project delivery schedule in their proposal. Fort Collins Utilities reserves the right to consider or reject this additional information in the project selection process.


If you have any questions, contact Sr. Energy Services Engineer Rhonda Gatzke at 970-416-2312 or c3AzQXBwbGljYXRpb25AZmNnb3YuY29t.


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