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Updated: June 23, 2020

RFP For Kaskaskia College’s Agriculture Education Center in Centralia, Illinois

Date of Issue: June 23, 2020

Due Date: July 9, 2020, 2 PM CT

Overview: Kaskaskia College is soliciting proposals from qualified companies capable of designing, engineering, installing, and commissioning a grid-tied, roof-mounted solar PV systems at the College’s Agricultural Education Center at 9732 Shattuc Rd, Centralia, IL 62801.

The Agricultural Education Center is served by Clinton County Electric Cooperative, which limits Eligible Renewable Electrical Generating Facilities to a nameplate capacity of 40KWac or less. Accordingly, the College expects the practical limitation on dc-sizing will be approximately 50KWdc.

The College has applied for a grant from Illinois Green Economy Network to pursue this project with the expectation that the grant will cover the bulk of project costs.

Interested respondents are requested to submit proposals for a (roughly) 50KWdc solar PV system that includes total project costs, estimated energy production, guarantees/warranties, and projected savings over a 25-year period. As a public entity, Kaskaskia College is tax exempt and shall provide the selected installer proof of sales tax exemption. Sales tax shall thus be excluded from the pricing of the solar system.

Responses shall be submitted no later than 2:00 PM CST on Thursday, July 9, 2020. Late responses will not be considered. Each response shall be treated as confidential until this deadline, after which each response shall become public.

The College’s Energy Management Consultant, Affordable Gas & Electric Company, LLC (AGE) will evaluate provider proposals and make recommendations to the College. The evaluation of each proposal will be based on technical criteria and qualifications, reference checks, and other information which will be gathered independently.

The College intends to own the system OUTRIGHT, so proposals should be structured in the form of a cash purchase. Respondents may incorporate incentives (e.g. SRECs) the College may be eligible for in their financial/savings projections, however, proposals should clearly state the up-front cash price offered.

Please review the linked Kaskaskia College Ag Center Solar RFP 6-23-2020.pdf document for all the specifics. Included in the PDF are Attachments A, B, C, D, and E which includes site information, utility billing history, and additional items related to this RFP.

Sealed proposals (containing two copies) must be submitted to the Purchasing Office at Room AD104, 27210 College Road, Centralia, IL 62801 no later than 2:00 PM CST on Thursday, July 9, 2020.

Date for Final Submittal of Questions: Monday, July 6, 2020. Submit all questions to College's Energy Management Consultant:

Ross Calliott, Affordable Gas + Electric. ross.c@agellc.com. 636-399-2501

Please click here for the full RFP


RFP Through MREA for Solarize Chicagoland 2020 Solar Group Buy

Date of Issue: March 10, 2020

Due Date: March 31, 2020

Overview: 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 the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will, 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. In 2019, 131 properties added 912 kW of solar through Solarize Chicagoland. Solarize Chicagoland offered 66 presentations, reaching over 1,000 attendees. This year we intend to offer fewer presentations, and build on the base of people who expressed interest in the program last year. The group buy program is offered with support from MREA, Citizens Utility Board of Illinois (CUB), Cook, DuPage, Kane, and Will Counties. MREA and CUB will coordinate and deliver a minimum of 30 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.

Submittal packages should be sent to Peter Murphy at peterm@midwestrenew.org by 2:00pm on March 31, 2020.

Please see here for more information and email peterm@midwestrenew.org with any questions by 2:00pm on March 24, 2020.

RFP Through MREA for Solar Urbana Champaign 5.0 Group Buy

Date of Issue: March 9, 2020

Due Date: March 30, 2020

Overview: 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 County, Piatt County, and Vermillion County, Illinois, 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 is offered with support from MREA, Prairie Rivers Network, and the 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.

Submittal packages should be sent to Peter Murphy at peterm@midwestrenew.org by 2:00pm on March 30, 2020.

Please see here for more information and email peterm@midwestrenew.org with any questions by 2:00pm on March 23, 2020.

RFP Through MREA for Grow Solar St. Louis and Grow Solar Metro East 2020

Date of Issue: January 31, 2020

Due Date: February 21, 2020

Overview: 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 St. Louis (City and County) and St. Charles County, as well as Madison, Monroe, and St. Clair Counties (and other regional locations as may be decided) in Illinois, through a group purchase involving a competitive contractor selection process, an advantageous pricing and rebate structure, and free information sessions.

Submittal packages should be sent to Peter Murphy at peterm@midwestrenew.org by 2:00pm on February 21, 2020.

Please see here for more information and email peterm@midwestrenew.org with any questions by 2:00pm on February 14, 2020.

RFP for Mount Vernon Outland Airport

Date of Issue: January 29, 2020

Due Date: February 28, 2020

Overview: Mt. Vernon Outland Airport is requesting proposals from qualifying companies capable of designing, engineering, installing, financing and maintaining solar PV systems at the airport. Such systems should be engineered to offset 80% to 90% of the kWh presently consumed by the airport’s largest 3 Ameren IL electric accounts. Consolidating these 3 accounts into a single Ameren IL account will be contemplated. 

Interested respondents are requested to submit alternatives with their proposal that include total project cost and estimated energy production and savings of such installations. Alternatives may include but are not limited to the Solar PV array system along with any additional options that may either be impacted by the Solar PV array or provide additional production or energy savings to the airport. If such alternatives are proposed, respondent shall clearly indicate the cost of the solar system as a stand-alone item. 

The Airport is open to various financing and ownership models including a Power Purchase Agreement, Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract / Performance Contract (as authorized under Section 5 of the Code (50 ILCS 515-1), or any other structured proposal that provides the greatest economic benefit to the Airport. 

By 5:00pm on February 28th please submit 1 electronic copy to Airport’s Energy Management Consultant, Ross Calliott at ross.c@agellc.com AND submit 6 hard copies, clearly labeled and mailed to the Airport: 

Mt. Vernon Outland Airport 

Attn: Chris Collins, Airport Director 

100 Aviation Drive 

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864 

An introductory conference call will be held on February 7th at 2:00PM for all interested providers. The dial in number is (712) 451-0200, passcode 683205#.

Please see the Overview, Attachment A, Attachment B, and Attachment B Zip File for more information. Please email ross.c@agellc.com with any questions by 5:00pm on February 21, 2020.

RFP for a utility-scale solar farm for the City of Alton

Date of Issue: January 24, 2020

Due Date: April 6, 2020

Overview: The City of Alton seeks proposals from qualified companies to partner with the City to put a utility-scale solar farm (greater than 2 MW) on parcels owned by the City of Alton. The selected company will design, develop, finance, construct and operate the solar farm. It will be located on a capped brownfield referred to as the Old Alton Landfill located at the northwest corner of Alby Street and Industrial Drive, Alton IL 62002.

The Old Alton Landfill has been previously mitigated against contamination and is capped and monitored. It is currently farmed for hay, but the surface cap must not be penetrated or compromised. The old landfill has a large flat area on the south end with excellent sun exposure and there is considerable electrical infrastructure nearby. It is estimated that a solar farm on the property could occupy at least 30 acres. The City of Alton owns multiple contiguous parcels including the landfill and all should be considered for inclusion in the solar farm.

Submittal packages should be sent to Deanna Barnes at dbarnes@cityofaltonil.com by 2:00 PM on April 6, 2020.

Please see here for more information and email dbarnes@cityofaltonil.com with any questions by 2:00pm on March 20, 2020.


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