Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms (“Proposing firms” or “Proposers”) to submit proposals for the provision of estimates and 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 Johnson County (including West Branch), Iowa, 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 this program for Johnson County in 2020, we anticipate an average system size of 6.25 kW based on the 180 installations that took place as part of the 2018 iteration of this program in the county.
The group buy program for 2020 is offered with support from MREA and visibility and awareness generated by Johnson County local government (lead partner), Johnson County Conservation, Johnson County Public Health, and the cities of Coralville, Iowa City, Hills, Lone Tree, North Liberty, Shueyville, Solon, University Heights and West Branch. MREA will coordinate and deliver a minimum of 15 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 Feb. 13, 2020
RFP Questions Due/Posted February 27, 2020
RFP Proposals Due March 6, 2020
Firm(s) Selected March 30, 2020