Request for Proposals (RFP) for Distributed Solar and Solar + Storage for Public Facilities

Deadline for Submission of Statement of Interest: July 15, 2022
Deadline for Submission of Proposals: August 1, 2022


Peninsula Clean Energy issues this Request for Proposals (RFP) to seek proposals from qualified companies to procure, install, commission, and maintain solar photovoltaic (solar) and solar photovoltaic paired with battery energy storage systems (solar + storage) for a portfolio of 15 public facilities in San Mateo County and Los Banos, California. 

Peninsula Clean Energy is exploring a new model whereby it will offer a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) directly to customers for the energy produced by the systems over the PPA term.  Peninsula Clean Energy, in conjunction with a solar engineering and design firm, has undertaken significant project development activities to develop solar and solar + storage designs for these facilities along with city council resolutions from each jurisdiction supporting the projects and authorizing city staff to execute a PPA directly with Peninsula Clean Energy. 

We are now moving to the next phase of the project, securing a vendor for the procurement, installation, and maintenance of the designed solar and solar + storage systems. 

PCEA is seeking proposals from firms that fall into one or both of the following categories:

  1. EPC contractors that will procure, install, commission, and maintain the systems for a specified price and do not monetize the tax benefits, which PCEA does independently.
  2. Bundled Master PPA providers that will procure, install, commission, operate, and maintain the systems (via their own EPC contractor) and can provide Peninsula Clean Energy a 20-year Master PPA with pricing that reflects a share of the tax benefits.

RFP Process:

This is a 2-step RFP.  After reviewing these protocols, interested Proposers should submit a brief Statement of Qualifications and Interest that summarizes their qualifications and experience.  Peninsula Clean Energy will provide Proposers it deems sufficiently qualified additional documentation (“Project Packages”) that includes site-specific design and technical information from which Proposers can further evaluate the proposed sites and systems and submit a proposal.  Executing a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) will be required to receive this additional information. 

Event Date
RFP Released June 20, 2022
Interested Proposers submit Statement of Qualifications and Interest. Proposals will only be accepted from qualified Proposers. Rolling
RFP Webinar (Completed. Link to slides and webinar recording below) June 28, 2022
Deadline for submitting Statement of Qualifications and Interest AND Deadline for Questions July 15, 2022
Deadline for Submitting Proposals August 1, 2022
Notification of Shortlisted Proposers By August 21, 2022
Shortlist Interviews By September 7, 2022
Contract negotiation through execution By November 14, 2022

RFP Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers – Last Updated 7/7/22

RFP Materials Released To All:

01 – PCE Local Gov Solar RFP (rev 2)
02 – Statement of Qualifications and Interest

Sample Project Package:
SPP1 – Brief description
SPP2 – Site Plan and SLD
SPP3 – PVsyst Solar Production Estimate
SPP4 – Structural Engineering Report
RFP Webinar Slides
RFP Webinar Recording

RFP Materials To Be Released To Qualified Proposers:

P1 through P15 – Project Packages for each site
03 – Proposal Form
04 – Safety Questionnaire
05 – NDA
06 – Supplier Diversity Questionnaire (Optional)

About Peninsula Clean Energy

Peninsula Clean Energy, a community choice energy aggregator, is San Mateo County’s official electricity provider. Peninsula Clean Energy plans for and secures commitments from a diverse portfolio of energy-generating resources to reliably serve the electric energy requirements of its customers over the near-, mid-, and long-term planning horizons. Peninsula Clean Energy’s programs include advancing the adoption of electric vehicles and transitioning building fossil fuel uses to low-carbon electricity.

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In May 2019, Peninsula Clean Energy received an investment grade credit rating of Baa2 from Moody’s and in April 2020, Peninsula Clean Energy received an investment grade credit rating of BBB+ from Fitch. As of December 31, 2019, Peninsula Clean Energy had an unaudited cash balance of $175.4 million, of which $162.4 million was unrestricted. The unrestricted cash balance represented 264 days of cash on hand, well in excess of Peninsula Clean Energy’s Board updated policy requirement of 180 days. Peninsula Clean Energy’s financial statements including its fiscal year 2018-2019 audited financials are available on Peninsula Clean Energy’s website. Peninsula Clean Energy currently provides electricity service to approximately 300,000 customer accounts. This represents a population of over 700,000 people with 3,600 GWh of clean electricity annually.