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 Vermillion 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 forty-two Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 10,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 14,000 kW on over 1,900 properties. Among those who attended our presentations, an average 19.28% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.24 kW.
This program is offered with support from MREA, Prairie Rivers Network, the and City of Urbana, with high visibility in the area. 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.
NOTE (5/26/21) – Dates in the above RFP have been amended as of 5/26/21 to the following schedule. We have extended the timeline of this RFP to allow for digestion and strategy of solar-related legislation in Illinois.
RFP Announced May 14, 2021
RFP Questions Due/Posted
May 28, 2021 June 4, 2021
RFP Proposals Due
June 4, 2021 June 11, 2021
June 18, 2021 June 25, 2021
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS WILL BE POSTED BELOW ON 6/4/2021