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S -- RFI - Installation of Multi Site PV Renewable EMC Using ESPC Authority - RFI Documents

Notice Date
Notice Type
Special Notice
221114 — Solar Electric Power Generation
Contracting Office
General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service (PBS), Real Property Programs Division, Contracts Section (9PMFC), 450 Golden Gate Avenue, 4 East, San Francisco, California, 94102
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Solicitation Number
Point of Contact
Thuy Thanh Ta, Phone: 4155223603
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Scope of Work for Site B Scope Of Work for Site A Request For Information Summary REQUEST FOR INFORMATION: INSTALLATION OF SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC RENEWABLE ENERGY CONSERVATION MEASURES (ECMs) USING ESPC AUTHORITY AT MULTIPLE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SITES This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only. It does not constitute a solicitation and does not create a commitment by the Government. Response to this RFI will have no bearing on any potential source selection results. All interested parties will be required to respond separately to any solicitations posted as a result of or influenced by this RFI. Response is strictly voluntary; no reimbursement will be made for any costs associated with providing information in response to this RFI or any follow-up information requests. Replies will be treated as confidential. Any release of information will aggregate information from all respondents, and not identify any respondent. There is a “sources sought” notice published in parallel with this RFI. Firms are encouraged to respond to both, but are not required to respond to both. Information regarding two potential project locations is released with this RFI. In addition to other information respondents are asked to provide estimates of their likely pricing for these sites (aggregated together) considering three scenarios: a 10 year contract with ability to claim the investment tax credit (ITC); a 20 year contract with ability to claim the ITC; and a 20 year contract without ability to claim the ITC. SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS: Interested contractors are encouraged to respond not later than 12 Noon Pacific Time on June 14, 2013, by email to Thuy.Ta@gsa.gov. In addition to responses to the questions below please provide: (a) Name and address of your business. (b) Point of contact name, email and telephone number. QUESTIONS Number 1. GSA is concerned about the cost impact of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. & Subsidiaries vs. U.S., No. 06-CV-305 in conjunction with OMB’s guidance in Memorandum M-12-21. According to M-12-21, the Federal Government must retain title to on-site renewable generation ECMs, such as PV systems installed under ESPC or UESC authority, at the conclusion of the contract in order for the Government to pay for the ESPC or UESC out of annual appropriations rather than funding up-front as a project. Do you believe that current tax law permits you to claim the ITC for a system installed at a federal site using an ESPC contract where such contract has a provision for the Government to retain title to the system at the conclusion of the contractIf you believe this can be done, we request any recommendations you might have as to how to structure the contract. If you believe this cannot be structured to be compatible with both the OMB policy and the ITC please so state. Number 2. Please provide indicative pricing expressed as a fixed per kilowatt-hour price, for renewable ECMs located on Site A and Site B aggregated into a single Renewable ECM (structured as a power purchase agreement), for: (a) a 10 year contract under ESPC authority but structured as an on-site Renewable ECM with no requirement for the Government to take title and ability of the contractor to take the ITC; (b) a 20 year contract under ESPC authority but structured as an on-site Renewable ECM with no requirement for the Government to take title and ability of the contractor to take the ITC; (c) a 20 year contract under ESPC authority but structured as an on-site Renewable ECM with a requirement for the Government to retain title at the conclusion of the contract and inability of the contractor to take the ITC. Note that the sites are both in PG&E electric service territory, and are within 2 hours drive of each other. The hypothetical indicative pricing involves the contractor having responsibility to design, purchase, install, comply with California’s Rule 21 interconnection rules, and operate and maintain the system for the duration of the ESPC contract. For purposes of the hypothetical, assume minimal unknown site conditions or other complications; assume roofs in reasonably good condition and not needing replacement during the service period; and assume roofs structurally able to support a ballasted rack system. Assume the contractor is given the renewable energy credits (RECs). Use an escalation rate of 3.6%. For alternative (c) assume the Government takes title the last day of the contract. No specific format is required, so long as the response is understandable. In addition to the kWh prices, any other comments or suggestions are welcome.
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