The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) has released a request for proposals (RFP) to purchase electricity generated by wind, solar or other renewable energy sources.
Officials said the agency seeks to transition between 10 and 20 percent of SEPTA’s annual electricity requirement from its current mix of grid-based sources to zero-carbon sources.
“SEPTA is interested in contracting for a fixed price for the renewable energy through a power purchase agreement for a period of up to 20 years,” a statement said.
Projects must be competitive with SEPTA’s current cost of electricity in order to be eligible.
“This RFP represents a key commitment of SEPTA’s Energy Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation,” said SEPTA General Manager Jeffrey Knueppel. “Riding SEPTA is already one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint, and with this initiative, SEPTA will advance its position as a leader in environmental sustainability.”
A pre-bid meeting for firms interested in submitting a proposal will be held Oct. 18 at SEPTA headquarters, officials said.