The request for proposal marks a step ahead in the company’s Distributed Energy Resource Program, which was approved by the Public Service Commission (PSC) in mid-July.

The potential bidders will have an option to sign a power-purchase agreement with the company, and/or offer ownership stake to Duke Energy in the proposed project, which is planned to be completed by the end of 2016.

The company is looking for utility-scale projects which have capacity no more than 10MW.

Separately, the company is inviting bids for the development of up 5MW of solar plants for its Shared Solar Program.

Duke Energy also supports a rebate program to help residential or non-residential customers with initial investment for installation of rooftop or small-scale solar on their property.