The 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 Champaign, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties, IL, 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 50 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 20% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.3 kW. Since 2016, Solar Urbana-Champaign programs have resulted in 242 solar installations in Champaign, Piatt, and Vermilion Counties.
The group buy program is offered with support from the MREA, the City of Urbana, the Village of Savoy, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet) and Common Ground Food Co-operative. The 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, and more. Depending on local public health conditions, presentations may be webinars or in-person.
RFP Announced: May 13, 2022
RFP Questions Due/Posted: May 27, 2021
RFP Proposals: Due June 3, 2021
Firm Selected: June 17, 2021
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