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 Polk County, Iowa, through a group purchase involving a competitive contractor selection process, an advantageous pricing and rebate structure, and free information sessions.
Between 2013 and 2021, the MREA facilitated more than fifty Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 11,600 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 17,400 kW on over 2,300 properties. Among those who attended our presentations, an average of 20% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.3 kW.
The group buy program is offered with support from MREA, 1000 Friends of Iowa, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Cities of Clive, Des Moines, Johnston, Urbandale, Pleasant Hills, and Windsor Heights. MREA will coordinate and deliver a minimum of 12 free, public Solar Power Hour information sessions and market them widely with physical posters, email blasts, paid social media promotion, in the press, yard signs, and more.
SOLAR GROUP BUY TIMELINE
RFP Announced February 24, 2022
RFP Questions Due/Posted March 10, 2022
RFP Proposals Due
March 17, 2022 Extended to March 24, 2022 at 2pm
Proposal Selected April 7, 2022
Site Assessments Provided to Participants April through September 30, 2022
Participants Make “Go” or “No Go” Decision April through September 30, 2022
Installations Begin Upon first customer contract signature
Installations Completed December 31, 2022
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED BELOW ON MARCH 10, 2022
- There is a lot of anxiety about supply chain issues and large fluctuations in the availability and cost of modules, wire, conduit, and racking. To extend / hold a price for the next 7 months is very risky. How does MREA want to handle the large swings in cost / availability of product? Our preference is that you include an adder in Exhibit C, including proof of price increase with purchase order and invoice for justification.