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Solar Generation: Request for Proposals

Xcel Energy seeks approximately 1 megawatt of solar generation at Saint Paul’s Ford Site as part of the plan to provide the development with renewable energy.

Xcel Energy continues to lead the clean energy transition while providing reliable and affordable service to our customers. The company is seeking to add approximately 1 megawatt of solar energy that will be part of a renewable energy program offered to the occupants of Saint Paul’s Ford Site redevelopment. The solar installation will also power renewable energy programs for Minnesota customers.

Xcel Energy is seeking proposals from solar developers for approximately 1 megawatt of solar energy located at the Ford Site.

Bid Submission Deadline

Complete proposals must be submitted to us by 5 p.m. Central Time on Sept. 8, 2020. All proposals must be transmitted electronically, via email, to the RFP Project Manager at Any proposals, or documents included therein, that exceed 35 MB in size, shall be transmitted upon request to the RFP Project Manager, via a secure upload.

Proposals received later than the due date and time indicated will be rejected and returned unopened unless determined, at our sole discretion, to consider such proposals.

Please refer to the RFP document for explicit and complete instructions regarding submittal of bids.

Estimated Schedule

This schedule is subject to change.

RFP Issued June 15, 2020
Deadline for Project Site visit July 31, 2020
Deadline for submitting questions from bidders July 15, 2020
NSPM will post responses to bidder questions July 30, 2020
Proposal Due Date, 5:00 pm. CT September 8, 2020
NSPM bid evaluation and selection completed November 1, 2020
Completion of contract negotiation January 1, 2021
Anticipated Regulatory filing with the Minnesota Commission Q1 2021
Anticipated Regulatory Approval Q3 2021

Additional Information

Prior to submitting a proposal, please review all files below in the Documents section. These documents include detailed instructions and requirements needed to develop and submit a proposal. Inquiries about this RFP will be accepted only by email to


The RFP document, project-specific model power purchase agreement, and supporting documents are available through the links below.

NSPM 2020 Solar RFP Document (PDF)

Appendix A – NSPM 2020 Solar RFP Project Site Map (PDF)

Appendix B – NSPM 2020 Solar RFP Model PPA (DOCX)

Appendix C – NSPM 2020 Solar RFP Bid Forms (XLSX)

Appendix D – NSPM 2020 Solar RFP Overview of Sublease Agreement Costs (PDF)

Appendix D - NSPM 2020 Solar RFP Solar Array Sublease (DOCX)

Appendix D - Air Rights Lease (PDF)

Addendum 1 (PDF)

Addendum 2 (PDF)

Addendum 3 (PDF)

Addendum 4 (PDF)

MPCA Community Information Meeting

Updated Bidder Forms, August 2020 (XLS)

Communication Protocol and Frequently Asked Questions

The primary point of contact for all bidder communications related to the RFP, including scheduling project site visits, is the RFP Project Manager. The RFP Project Manager may be contacted at

Information regarding the NSPM 2020 Solar RFP will not be provided via telephone inquiries or inquiries from any email other than to/from the RFP Project Manager.

Potential bidders are advised to periodically check the FAQ on this webpage for updated information. Potential bidders may receive an emailed copy of any FAQ updates as soon as they have been completed if they provide their contact information to the RFP Project Manager at the email address above and ask to be placed on the FAQ mailing list.

NSPM 2020 Solar RFP: Responses to Bidder Questions (PDF)

Please email the RFP Project Manager with any other questions.

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