Recently AEP Ohio issued two separate Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for the new construction of wind and solar energy generation facilities in Ohio. The two facilities will produce up to 250 megawatts (MW) of wind energy resources and 100 MW of solar energy sources respectively. AEP Ohio is seeking to place these facilities in Southeastern Ohio. Collectively the projects will produce enough energy to power 350,000 homes.

Both of the RFPs require potential developers to utilize Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for the construction of these power generation facilities. Building a project with a PLA ensures that contractors only hire union workers from the local area. These workers have graduated from a registered apprenticeship program, which means the customer is getting the highest skilled construction workforce available. Additionally, contractors working under a PLA are required to provide both healthcare and pension benefits to workers. The vast majority of workers hired under PLAs are from the region, which helps to stimulate the local economy.

AEP Ohio is expecting developers to submit their RFPs for the project by mid-February 2017.The Building Trades are proud to be partners with AEP Ohio on constructing the next generation of power facilities in Ohio.