The Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC), in conjunction with the Department of Energy Resources (DOER), is requesting proposals from Massachusetts cities and towns, designated as “Green Communities”, to demonstrate local interest and engagement in participating in the second phase of Solarize Massachusetts. This program will drive community adoption of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects through a partnership focused on localized marketing and installation efforts, which in turn will help to drive down the installation cost of small-scale solar PV installations within the selected communities.
MassCEC and DOER will plan to select a minimum of 10 communities, with at least one in each of the four Green Communities regions of the state, to participate in the program. Communities that demonstrate a clear and committed plan to increasing education and outreach around solar PV, as well as ideas on how to streamline the permitting processes around small-scale solar PV installations, will be highly competitive. If there is benefit to pooling resources or efforts, Green Communities may form partnerships and respond to this RFP as a group, as long as each community within the partnership is a Green Community and they are each located adjacent to at least one other community in the partnership (i.e. they are contiguously located). Note that if communities respond to this RFP as a group, each community will be responsible for demonstrating that it will meet the proposal requirements and evaluation criteria outlined below.
Below are the solicitation documents and timeline for the RFP Process. Please read all program documents carefully.
MassCEC and DOER will host a Bidders Conference in Harvard, MA on February 27, 2012. Town officials and other representatives from Green Communities are invited to attend the Bidders Conference in person or remotely via webinar to learn more about the Solarize Massachusetts Pilot and ask questions about the RFP. Details are below:
Please submit all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 2, 2012. “Solarize Massachusetts RFP – Green Communities” must appear in the email subject line. Responses to submitted questions, and other Frequently Asked Questions, will be posted by March 9, 2012 at 5pm on this web page and at www.MassCEC.com/solarizemass.