Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA) is seeking qualified firms (“Proposing firms” or “Proposers”) to submit proposals for the provision of estimates and 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 Warren 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 2019, the MREA facilitated thirty-four Solar Group Buy programs around the Midwest, reaching over 8,000 individuals with our Solar Power Hour information sessions, and leading to more than 12,000 kW on over 1,600 properties. Among those property owners who received proposals from partnering contractors, an average 40% purchased a PV system. To date, the average system size is 7.15 kW.
The group buy program for 2020 is offered with support from MREA and visibility and awareness generated by The Nature Conservancy in Iowa, Indianola Sustainability Committee, Warren County Economic Development, and the Cities of Indianola and Carlisle. 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.
In light of the recent Covid-19 outbreak. we are re-doubling our efforts with the Grow Solar programs and have made strategic adjustments based on the new market realities. We anticipate considerable contraction in the solar market, but one way to counteract that trend will be strong consumer education that emphasizes the potential for solar to help people lower their energy bills, increase their resiliency, and improve their quality of life.
RFP Announced May 15, 2020
RFP Questions Due/Posted May 29, 2020
RFP Proposals Due June 5, 2020
Firm(s) Selected June 12, 2020