Request for Proposals: Solarize Chicagoland 2020 solar group buy
UPDATE: Proposal due date has been extended to April 7.
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms to submit proposals for the design, procurement, and installation of new residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) systems at a per-watt price lower than the prevailing single system market rate.
The “group buy” program is being led by Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The goal of the program is to increase consumer education and PV installations in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will, through a group purchase involving a competitive contractor selection process, an advantageous pricing and rebate structure, and free information sessions.
Between 2013 and 2019, the MREA facilitated thirty-four Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 8,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 12,000 kW on over 1,600 properties. Among those property owners who received proposals from partnering contractors, an average 40% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.15 kW. In 2019, 131 properties added 912 kW of solar through Solarize Chicagoland. Solarize Chicagoland offered 66 presentations, reaching over 1,000 attendees. This year we intend to offer fewer presentations, and build on the base of people who expressed interest in the program last year.
The group buy program is offered with support from MREA, Citizens Utility Board of Illinois (CUB), Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties. MREA and CUB will coordinate and deliver a minimum of 30 free, public Solar Power Hour information sessions and market them widely with physical posters, email blasts, paid social media promotion, in the press, and more.
RFP Announced March 10, 2020
RFP Questions Due/Posted
March 24, 2020 March 31, 2020
RFP Proposals Due
March 31, 2020 April 7, 2020.
Firm(s) Selected April 27, 2020