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Solar Procurement Templates and Tools for Higher Education

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
1:00–2:00 pm (EDT)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership

On Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from 1:00–2:00 pm (EDT), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership (GPP) hosted a webinar entitled "Solar Procurement Templates and Tools for Higher Education."

Installed solar capacity in the higher education sector has grown dramatically in recent years, and for good reason — schools are taking advantage of dropping solar prices and state and federal incentives, and many see solar as a way to meet greenhouse gas reduction goals and stabilize or reduce energy costs. This webinar provided specific strategic and tactical guidance for higher education institutions interested in pursuing options for solar power on their facilities, and offered a host of resources that schools can use to shape and manage the solar procurement process to a successful outcome. Tools for schools interested in solar hot water systems were also included.

Tools and topics presented included:

  • Procurement process outline
  • Solar system specifications
  • Vendor proposal checklist — ensures you have all relevant documents for decision-making
  • Pricing worksheet — enables transparent and comparable vendor pricing
  • Proposal evaluation criteria
  • Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) Calculator — assists in evaluating informal/unsolicited bid pricing

Various solar procurement templates and tools were also discussed, including:

Speakers included:

To request a video recording of the webinar, send an email to Mollie Lemon (lemon.mollie@epa.gov)

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