Congratulations goes to Governor Fitial, CUC, and the people of the CNMI! The governor will be signing the 10MW solar project very soon that ACE won through proper request for proposal (RFP) issued by CUC in 2011. The proposal was evaluated, ranked and a “best and final offer” was negotiated between CUC and ACE's principal, Mr. Tom Anderson, in September 2011. The power purchase agreement (PPA) was subsequently being negotiated by the CUC attorneys and ACE's attorneys. Due to the long delay of its PPA execution and implementation, our governor declared a state of emergency for CUC in mid part of this year, to address this long-standing issue. Finally, the people of the CNMI can achieve some financial relief once the 10MW solar power plant is completed and operational, which can occur eight to 10 months after start of construction of the power plant.
Solar power is part of this administration's energy policies to cut down the use of the unstable cost of fossil fuel. It is part of the green energy that is revolutionizing the world, especially for countries or islands that cater to the tourism industries such as the CNMI. Tourism is a clean industry that entails clean environment and clean energy. It is good for our islands!
Mr. Tom Anderson, ACE's principal, is very happy and excited to start the 10MW solar power plant. It is also a relief for him and his company because they spent thousands of dollars preparing, submitting, traveling to and from the U.S. and Saipan, hotel accommodations, and paying for consultants and attorneys for the PPA negotiations.
The action taken by our governor is honorable. It shows the world that when the CNMI invites companies to include local, foreign as well as U.S., to submit proposal for projects, that their proposal will undergo a thorough evaluation and selection by the CNMI government and a properly negotiated contract will be awarded to those that has the best interest for the CNMI as well as their offers. Their efforts will not be wasted and ignored!
Kudos to the governor, and keep up the good work and may you continue to execute and implement your alternative and green energy policies in the CNMI for the betterment of our people. May God bless you and the people of the CNMI.
Vicente M. Sablan