September 26, 2010 2:00 PM
Brooke Edwards

VICTORVILLE • The city received seven bids from companies interested in developing the solar portion of the planned Victorville 2 power plant, in a deal to help recover a portion of the estimated $80 million invested into the stalled project.

Victorville published a request for proposals in early August, soliciting bids from companies interested in leasing or buying out 200 of 300 acres purchased for VV2 and developing a stand-alone solar farm there instead. The city hopes to then buy some of the 40 to 49 megawatts of power those solar panels would harness, Public Works Director Amer Jakher said, to stabilize prices for businesses it sells power to at Foxborough Industrial Park and SCLA.

Among the bidders are Tenaska Inc. out of Nebraska, which runs the High Desert Power Project that fired up near Southern California Logistics Airport in 2003.

Also on the list is NRG Solar out of Carlsbad, a subsidiary of New Jersey power giant NRG Energy. NRG had an exclusive agreement with the city to develop VV2 months ago though no deal ever emerged.

Other interested bidders include Solar Park Initiatives of Florida, OPDE US Corp. out of West Sacramento, Faros Infrastructure Partners’ Colusa Solar Project Team from Connecticut, Amonix Inc. of Seal Beach and LP Daniel Engineers & Contractors Inc. from Alpine.

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