Update: The deadline for proposals has been extended to February 22 at 2pm.

Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms to submit proposals for the design, procurement, and installation of new, residential and small commercial, direct-owned photovoltaic systems at a per-watt price lower than the typical, single solar electric installation.

The group buy is being led by Midwest Renewable Energy Association and The Nature Conservancy of Iowa. The goal of the group buy is to increase solar education and installations in Waukee, Iowa, through a group purchase involving free information sessions and a competitive proposal process. Program eligibility will extend to the boundaries of the Waukee School District. The group-based pricing structure must incentivize participation through lower prices as the number of participants or kW capacity rises. MREA creates and manages a central website to publicize the group buy program.

Between 2013 and 2018, the MREA facilitated twenty-two Solar Group Buys around the Midwest, reaching over 6,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 7,400 kW on over 1,000 properties. Among those property owners who received assessments/estimates for installations through these programs, the average proportion to ultimately add solar to their property through the program has been 42%. The average system size has been 7.5 kW.

The group buy involves MREA and the full support of The Nature Conservancy of Iowa, City of Waukee, and Waukee APEX, with widespread publicity and awareness in the area.

Click here to download the Request for Proposals

RFP Announced January 15, 2019
RFP Questions Due/Posted January 29, 2019 February 15, 2019
RFP Proposals Due February 5, 2019 February 22, 2019
Firm Selected February 22, 2019 March 8, 2019


Q: I just wanted to clarify the first 2 bullet points of the requirements section:
▪ Proposers must be, or contract with, an electrical contractor that must have licensure requirements for the State of Iowa.
▪ Installation firms must have a Master Electrician (A or B) on staff.
I am reading that such that if we were the Proposing Firm and were contracting out the electrical work for part of the installation work on these projects, that the electrical contractor we use must have a Master Electrician on staff.  Not that the proposing firm requires a Master Electrician even if we’re contracting out the electrical work.  Is that correct?

A: Yes, that is correct.