Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms to submit proposals for the design, procurement, and installation of new, residential and small commercial, direct-owned photovoltaic (PV) systems at a per-watt price lower than the typical, single solar electric installation.
The solar group buy is being led by the MREA. The goal of the program is to increase consumer education and PV installations in Linn County through a group purchase involving free, public information sessions and a competitive contractor 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 Grow Solar Linn County program is being conducted by the MREA with support of the following partners: Linn County, Cedar Rapids, Marion, Mount Vernon, Center Point, The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, and Indian Creek Nature Center. Partner organizations will assist MREA in delivering a minimum of sixteen (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 May 10, 2019
RFP Questions Due/Posted May 24, 2019
RFP Proposals Due May 31, 2019
Firm(s) Selected June 14, 2019