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Solar & Storage Dominate North American Clean Energy Proposals

A new white paper from Bloomberg New Energy Finance has found solar and energy storage dominating North American requests for proposals for clean energy.

A total of 27 solar requests for proposal (RFP) totaling 1.8 GW were issues in North America throughout 2014, the most in terms of both capacity and number of RFPs. Energy smart technologies, particularly energy storage, also saw a lot of interest in 2014, with at least 12 RFPs being issued, which the authors of the report believe could be “evidence that these may be initial experimental forays into a rapidly changing sector,” by virtue that most of the storage RFPs were for relatively small capacity.

“The data reveals particularly strong interest in energy storage,” said Will Nelson, head of analysis for Bloomberg New Energy Finance in North America.

The Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) white paper reported 52 RFPs for clean energy in 2014, with the West being the biggest region, with 1 GW being requested.

The largest single RFP came from Alliant Energy, which is looking for 600 MW of wind projects in Wisconsin. The US Armed Forces might register relatively low on the capacity sought in 2014, but they lead the way with 7 RFPs.

Leading issuers (grouped by parent company) of RFps in 2014, ranked by total capacity sought


Total capacity sought (MW) by sector and by geography for RFPS issued in 2014


“For project sponsors and equipment vendors, RFPs are the lifeblood of their business development efforts,” said Mark Taylor, product manager for Bloomberg New Energy Finance. “They also give an early but concrete glimpse into which sectors are catching the eye of the market, and about the strategic direction of utilities and other energy-consuming organizations.”

The white paper is available for download from Bloomberg New Energy Finance.

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