City of San Rafael Issues RFP for Solar PV Projects

San Rafael, CA: The City of San Rafael is excited to announce the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Solar Photovoltaic Projects, as the coordinating agency of the Sustainable Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Fund. The SEED fund is a collaborative procurement process involving 13 public agencies in Marin, Sonoma, and Napa counties. The goal of the SEED Fund is to help public agencies overcome the initial hurdles to adopting solar technology. “I’m proud that San Rafael is leading this important effort,” Damon Connolly, City of San Rafael Council Member said. “Increasing renewable energy is important to our community and a key part of our Climate Change Action Plan.”

The potential capacity for solar generation across the 32 sites in this RFP has been estimated to be 6.8 MW. This represents a significant 59% increase in solar generation for public buildings in the three counties, and will present a great opportunity for energy cost savings amongst the 13 agencies. “To me this feels like a no­brainer and it fits right within our city goals and values,” said Shawn Marshall, Vice Mayor of City of Mill Valley.

The scope of this RFP is to identify qualified providers of solar power for municipal facilities via on­site generation of solar PV systems. These have been grouped into 3 “bundles” of sites to provide a more accessible and relevant process. Proposers may provide proposals and qualifications for one, multiple or all bundles and will be evaluated based on their qualifications and pricing for each bundle individually and collectively. To provide best value to each agency, various financing options are sought so that they can select from appropriate choices including, but not limited to direct purchase, power purchase agreement and other cost­effective options.

To access the RFP please visit: http://www.cityofsanrafael.org/citymgr­green­solar

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About the SEED Fund 

Strategic Energy Innovations ­ a non­profit based in Marin County ­ in collaboration with Optony, Inc., received a grant from California Solar Initiative to help public agencies overcome the initial hurdles to adopting solar technology. The SEED Fund (Sustainable Energy & Economic Development Fund) helps public agencies in Napa, Marin, and Sonoma counties evaluate and participate in a regional group purchase of municipal solar PV projects. A key feature of the program is that it does not require upfront allocation of funds for project planning, site assessments or procurement activities. To learn more about the SEED Fund please visit: http://www.solarroadmap.com/seed/