Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) and the Missouri Botantial Garden (the Garden) 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 Solar Group Buy educates consumers and makes the installation of PV systems more accessible and affordable. NOTE: This RFP is for two solar group buy programs that are sister program aka Grow Solar Gateway Region. The program will be available to residents and business owners through the “Gateway Region.” This includes St. Louis (City and County) and St. Charles County in Missouri (Grow Solar St. Louis), as well as Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties in Illinois (Grow Solar Metro East). Consumers are participating in a group purchase that reduces the overall cost of installation and includes additional benefits such as a competitive contractor selection process, advantageous pricing, rebate structure, and free information sessions.
The program is offered by MREA, the Garden, Washington University of St. Louis, and with support from other local partners. The MREA will coordinate and deliver a minimum of 15 free, public Solar Power Hour information sessions and market them widely with email blasts, paid social media promotion, promotional partnerships, press releases, and more. Depending on local public health conditions, presentations may be webinars or in-person.
The firm(s) can propose for both St. Louis and Metro East programs or can propose for just one program. The firm must indicate which program(s) it is proposing. If there is no indication, the MREA and Advisory Committee has the right to reject the Proposal.
RFP Announced: March 22, 2023
RFP Questions Due/Posted: May 4, 2023
RFP Proposals Due: May 11, 2023
Firm(s) Selected: May 18, 2023