Request for Proposals: Grow Solar St. Louis residential solar group buy
Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms to submit proposals for the design, procurement, and installation of new, residential and commercial, direct-owned and power purchase agreement photovoltaic systems at a per-watt price lower than the prevailing single system market rate.
The group buy is being led by Midwest Renewable Energy Association. The goal of the group buy is to increase solar education and installations in St. Louis, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, and University City through a group purchase involving free information sessions and a competitive selection process.
Between 2013 and 2018, the MREA facilitated twenty-two Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 6,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 7,400 kW on over 1,000 properties. Among those property owners who received proposals from partnering contractors, an average 42% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.5 kW.
The group buy is offered with support of MREA and Missouri Botanical Garden (MOBOT) with high visibility in St. Louis, Clayton, Maplewood, Richmond Heights, and University City. MREA will coordinate and deliver a minimum of 16 free, public Solar Power Hour information sessions and market them widely with physical posters, email blasts, paid social media promotion, yard signs, and in the press.
RFP Announced June 7, 2019
RFP Questions Due/Posted June 21, 2019
RFP Proposals Due June 28, 2019
Firm(s) Selected July 12, 2019
UPDATE 6/13/19: An earlier version of this RFP mistakenly includes additional points for community solar and PPA options. Those options are not a focus of this program and will not be awarded additional points.