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  • Writer's pictureMarkus Virta

WA DoC: Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities - Track 2 Guide

The Solar plus Storage for Resilient Communities program funds solar and battery back-up power so community buildings can provide essential services when the power goes out.

The WA DoC Grants funding for final system design, engineering, permitting, utility interconnection, and construction of Solar plus storage systems designed and implemented to support community resiliency.

For the sake of this post we will assume that the client has completed a Track 1 study and has all deliverables from this effort to apply to a Track 2 project application. For more information on Track 1 projects see our post about Track 1 here.

Cascadia Renewables encourages applicants to solicit the most competitive proposals for their project. Our team is able to assist applicants in hosting an internal Request for Proposal (RFP) bid process. Hosting an internal RFP bid process for a solar plus storage project involves several key steps, which are as follows:

  1. Bid development and solicitation (Internal RFP development): Identify project requirements and develop a comprehensive RFP document that outlines the project scope, evaluation criteria, submission instructions, and deadline. Cascadia Renewables will use the Track 1 feasibility study to develop the RFP document and share it with potential contractors.

  2. Define evaluation criteria: Establish a set of criteria for evaluating proposals that will be received. These criteria could include price, quality, experience, technical capability, and delivery timeline.

  3. Contractor outreach and engagement: Cascadia Renewables will leverage its industry contacts to encourage the most qualified and relevant local contractors to submit a proposal.

  4. Contractor site walk: Conduct a site walk with the contractors to provide them with an overview of the project site, existing infrastructure, and other relevant details.

  5. Technical question & responses: Respond to technical questions from the contractors to provide clarity and ensure that all bidders have a clear understanding of the project requirements.

  6. Bid review and contractor selection: Evaluate the proposals against the established evaluation criteria and shortlist the best proposals for further consideration. Negotiate with the selected contractors to finalize the project scope, contract terms, and pricing.

  7. Pre-construction support: Provide support to the selected contractor during the pre-construction phase, including assistance with final system design and review of utility agreements.

  8. Support final system design: Work with the contractor to ensure that the final system design meets the project requirements and is compliant with all relevant regulations.

  9. Review utility agreements: Review utility agreements to ensure that the project meets applicant and DoC expectations.

  10. Represent applicant while providing technical oversight: Represent the applicant during the project life cycle and provide technical oversight to ensure that the project is delivered on time, within budget, and meets the expected quality standards.

To find out more about our feasibility studies click here.

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- Markus and Callum


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