Solar 1 released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for solar and storage companies capable of implementing backup systems for community facilities in neighborhoods impacted by Superstorm Sandy. Funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery program will cover 100% of the cost of deploying resilient solar+storage systems at up to 17 nonprofit community facilities.
New York City nonprofit Solar 1 has received U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding to implement a solar + storage program known as The Solar Power and Battery Back-up Program for Community Facilities. This project was funded and conceived through the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program of the Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery (GOSR).
Solar 1 is seeking Requests for Qualifications (RFQ) to qualify responding vendors (which may include solar energy providers, energy storage providers, general contractors, consultants, others, whether individual or company) experienced in providing solar + storage construction services to implement The Solar Power and Battery Back-up Program for Community Facilities. All responses to the RFQ must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. on March 31, 2017.
Solar 1, through The Solar Power + Battery Back-up Program for Community Facilities, will fund viable solar + storage systems for non-profit community facilities to cover 100% of the cost to retrofit facilities to build resilience in the case of electrical grid failure due to any number of circumstances, particularly through the environmental impacts caused by storms like Superstorm Sandy.
Solar 1 has done all of the preliminary work to qualify each facility for a solar electricity installation and energy storage system. A realistic concept/reference design was developed from the site assessment. Solar One will issue RFPs for Qualified Vendors that will be permitted to bid on project-ready sites that will move forward immediately upon award of the RFP.
Public libraries, schools, and other non-profit community centers are the types of facilities that will receive value from this program. Each facility will benefit daily from a standard net-metered solar electricity system, reducing their environmental impact and generating operational electricity savings. An AC-coupled energy storage system (ESS) will supply critical back-up power to the facility during times of electricity outages. These resiliency measures will enable facilities to maintain essential services for the neighborhood when the grid fails.
*This deadline was extended from March 16.
Click here to download the RFQ packet that must be completed for consideration.
All questions must be submitted using the procedure outlined in the RFQ. Questions that do not follow this protocol will not be answered. A recording of the E-Conference is available to stream online.