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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 this RFQ must be submitted no later than 5:00PM on March 31, 2017.

Click here to download the RFQ packet that must be completed for consideration.
Click here to download the Responses to Questions submitted for the RFQ.
Click here to download additional clarifications for the RFQ.

Click here to download the NYS Vendor Responsibility Questionnaire forms. Alternately, you may visit their website to view and file the forms. 

A Respondent’s E-Conference will be held on March 16th, 2017 at 1:00PM to discuss the RFQ, accept questions, and provide preliminary responses. Click here to register for the E-Conference. All questions before and after the conference 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.

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.

March 3, 2017           RFQ Published
March 16, 2017         Respondent’s E-Conference for RFQ (1:00PM)
March 17, 2017       Last Day to Submit Questions for RFQ (5:00PM)*
March 20, 2017        Responses to Questions Issued for RFQ
March 31, 2017         Submission Deadline for RFQ (5:00PM)
April 17, 2017            Written Award Notification for RFQ
May 1, 2017                Initial RFP Published (anticipated date)

*This deadline was extended from March 16.