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 Linn County and Johnson County, IA, including West Branch, through a group purchase involving a competitive contractor selection process, an advantageous pricing and rebate structure, and free information sessions.
Between 2013 and 2020, the MREA facilitated forty-two Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 10,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 14,000 kW on over 1,900 properties. Among those who attended our presentations, an average 19.28% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.24 kW. For the 2021 program in Linn and Johnson Counties, we expect the average system size to be around 6.7 kW, based on the 413 properties that have participated since 2017.
The group buy program is offered with support from MREA, City of Cedar Rapids, Linn County, Linn County Public Health, Johnson County (Planning, Development and Sustainability), Johnson County Conservation, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, City of Iowa City, Linn Clean Energy District, Johnson Clean Energy District, Matthew 25, Green Iowa AmeriCorps Cedar Rapids, and potentially Green Iowa AmeriCorps Iowa City. 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, in the press, yard signs, and more. Please note: as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we plan to offer all public presentations via webinar until it is safe to offer them in person again. Across all programs in 2020, we averaged 11 attendees per webinar presentation; in 2019, we averaged 12 attendees per in-person presentation.
RFP Announced: January 19, 2021
RFP Questions Due/Posted: February 2, 2021
RFP Proposals Due: February 9, 2021
Firm(s) Selected: February 23, 2021
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