PEA Launches Solarize Philly


Photo: Philadelphia City Council

Yesterday morning, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) held a press conference on the roof of the Philadelphia Free Library to launch Solarize Philly. Speakers included Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown, Councilman Derek Green, Tony Gay (VP, PECO), Commissioner David Sweet from the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission, Adam Agalloco from the Philadelphia Office of Sustainability, and PEA Executive Director Emily Schapira and Solar Manager Laura Rigell. Thank you to all who spoke and attended.

Emily Schapira introduced the new program: “Solarize Philly is a citywide initiative designed to jump start the residential solar market and make it easy and affordable to go solar at home. Solarize Philly will add 500 solar roofs in Philadelphia by the end of 2018.” Supporting remarks from the Councilmembers, Tony Gay, Commissioner Sweet, and Adam Agalloco cited job growth and a greener future for Philadelphians as program goals.


(Emily Schapira, Philadelphia Energy Authority Executive Director and Commissioner David Sweet from the Pennsylvania Utilities Commission)

Photo courtesy: Philadelphia City Council

Laura Rigell relayed the details of the Solarize Philly program: “The solarize model allows a group of homeowners to install solar together at a reduced price. The more homeowners that join, the lower the cost for all participants… With seed funding from the Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative, we have expanded upon the traditional solarize model by building in support for solar job training and enabling low and moderate income households to get solar on their rooftops.”

PEA also released an RFP for solar installers to partake in Solarize Philly.  More information on the RFP is available here

If you are interested in installing solar on your roof, sign up here.

Solarize Philly Installer RFP

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS for Solarize Philly Solar installation and Development Vendors for PHILADELPHIA ENERGY AUTHORITY

Released: April 27, 2017

Response Deadline: May 26, 2017, 3:00pm


The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to solicit business information and pricing proposals from solar PV installers that are interested in participating in the Solarize Philly campaign. The Philadelphia Energy Authority (“PEA”) expects to select multiple vendors for the 18-month program. Solarize Philly is a citywide program, led by the Philadelphia Energy Authority (“PEA”) to make solar power possible for all Philadelphia residents by:

• reducing customer acquisition costs through education and marketing;

• increasing consumer confidence through installer, product and installation standards;

• reducing system costs by bulk purchasing of solar modules, inverters and balance-of-system components; • simplifying solar permitting and utility interconnection; and,

• providing further cost reductions for low and moderate-income households to increase access and empower residents.

All questions regarding this RFP and the Solarize Philly Installer RFP Response Form are to be sent by email to and Responses to questions received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12, 2017 will be issued by 4 p.m. on May 16, 2017.

Responses to this RFP must use the Solarize Philly Installer RFP Response Form and be delivered electronically to the Philadelphia Energy Authority at and no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. Responses received after the deadline will not be considered.


Solarize Philly Installer RFP

Solarize Philly Installer RFP Response Form

Solarize Philly Program Description

PEA Board Meeting

The Philadelphia Energy Authority will hold a Board Meeting on Thursday, April 27th , 2017 at 4:00 P.M., at Municipal Services Building 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, OHR 16th Floor, Room 5, Philadelphia, PA 19102. The public is invited to attend.

City of Philadelphia RFP for Smart Cities Roadmap


Photo: GCN

The City of Philadelphia, through the Office of Technology and Innovation, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a comprehensive and strategic Smart Cities roadmap. This roadmap will guide the city in its efforts to develop and utilize interconnected information, communication, and Internet of Things (IoT) solutions to strengthen its ability to serve Philadelphia’s residents and businesses.

In February, Philadelphia was one of five cities awarded a Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge grant for its potential to use technology to solve citywide problems. The City has already made investments to support growth in technology while adopting innovation as a core value. As the City moves forward in using technology to improve quality of life, environmental stewardship, and economic development, working towards becoming a Smart City is the next step in continuing to strengthen Philadelphia’s functioning.

The qualified vendor or contractor chosen from this RFP will aid in developing Philadelphia’s Smart City potential. Applicants will create a strategic IoT roadmap for the City and consult the City in development and implementation of this roadmap. Applicants should also demonstrate that they are qualified by providing references with supporting documentation. The full RFP with further details and instructions can be found here. The deadline for submission is 5:00 p.m. Philadelphia, PA local time on April 28, 2017.


For more information on the Smart Cities grant and initiative:

Using Energy to Address School Facility Needs in Philadelphia

School District of Philadelphia Energy Opportunity Assessment

(Lankenau High School Principal, Mr. J Levinson, SDP Superintendent, Dr. Hite, PEA Executive Director Emily Schapira)

(Lankenau High School Principal,  Joshua Levinson, SDP Superintendent, Dr. Hite, PEA Executive Director, Emily Schapira)

On Monday, March 20, 2017 the Philadelphia School District, City Council, and the Philadelphia Energy Authority hosted a press conference at Lankenau Environmental Science Magnet High School to announce a commitment to develop up to $345 million in energy efficiency projects. Philadelphia Energy Authority Executive Director, Emily Schapira stated “The School District of Philadelphia is taking a major step forward for sustainability, but perhaps most importantly, they are uncovering new ways to fund much-needed capital work.  This means hundreds of millions of additional dollars to create better teaching and learning environments for over 130,000 children in our city, at no additional cost to taxpayers.”

At the event, the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) released “Opportunity Assessment: Using Energy Performance Contracting to Address School Facility Needs in Philadelphia”, a white paper providing an initial assessment of the size of the opportunity and the types of capital needs that could be addressed using energy savings.  PEA determined that Energy Performance Contracting (EPC) could use energy savings to finance much-needed capital projects (e.g. boilers, windows, insulation, lighting, HVAC, etc.). This work will result in up to $600 million in savings over 20 years, and will not require any out-of-pocket expense over and above SDP’s existing utilities budget. The complete whitepaper is available HERE.

The School District of Philadelphia also announced an energy performance contracting (EPC) pilot project, including energy conservation measures, at three (3) K-12 schools. These projects are being developed as a pilot to determine the viability of energy projects across over 200 schools in the future. The School District of Philadelphia is requesting proposals from qualified engineering firms who can provide energy performance engineering (EPE) services or owner’s representative companies or any company that feels as though they can satisfy this scope as the School District moves forward with an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) through the PA Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA). The School District’s Energy Performance Engineering Services RFP is available HERE.


The full video of the press conference is available below.



SDP Energy Opportunity Assessment Whitepaper

SDP Energy Performance Energy Pilot Project RFP

Emily Schapira Remarks for 032017 press conference

ECA Job Opening: Director of Community Programs

Energy Coordinating Agency, a partner of the Philadelphia Energy Authority, has a job opening for Director of Community Programs. The complete job description and application directions are provided below.

Title:  Director of Community Programs

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Directs ECA’s community based services including the Neighborhood Energy Center (NEC) contract which coordinates the citywide delivery of low income energy services including:  energy conservation education, intake for energy conservation, home repair, and bill payment assistance
  • Plans and delivers training and technical assistance to the NECs
  • Pilots the replication of the NEC model across Delaware through research,  reports, program design, and training to increase energy affordability for low income communities across the state
  • Plans monthly trainings, meetings, and calls for Philadelphia and Delaware energy centers
  • Supervises staff and interns
  • Leads Salesforce reporting, data clean up, and troubleshooting for the 14 NECs in Philadelphia and 4 Community Energy Centers in Delaware
  • Implements energy education workshops across the city and region
  • Handles a range of administrative and reporting duties to the City of Philadelphia, local utilities, and other funders including invoicing, reporting and program monitoring
  • Develops and implements a rigorous analytical system capable of tracking productivity in all programs to that every program meets its objectives
  • Works closely with the Executive Director and other staff in program design and planning.
  • Represents ECA at advisory meetings with local utilities and government agencies
  • Oversees the creation of the annual Philadelphia and Delaware Energy Directories


  • Strong management and supervisory skills
  • Proven administrative ability
  • Proficient in Salesforce, Microsoft Office with strong Excel skills
  • At least 4 years’ experience in community development, preferably in the energy services field in a low income urban environment
  • Very strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Good interpersonal and teaching skills
  • B.A. degree required, advanced degree preferred

Competitive Salary and Benefits

To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nicole Bounds


SEPTA Request for Proposal (RFP): Main Office Building

The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (“SEPTA”) is soliciting proposals (“Proposals”) to enter into a Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract (a “GESC” or “Contract”) for SEPTA’s Main Office Building located at 1234 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 (the “Project”). SEPTA is utilizing a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) solicitation process for this procurement. SEPTA’s intent is to engage the services of a qualified Energy Service Company (“ESCO”) to design and install Energy Conservation Measures (“ECMs”) at the Project site and to guarantee the savings from the ECMs to be implemented under the Contract.

Proposals will be accepted until 04:30 PM on Thursday, April 6th and must be delivered to SEPTA’s General Offices, 1234 Market Street, 11th Fl., Philadelphia, Pa 19107. A Pre-Proposal Meeting will be held on Thursday, March 9th, 2017 at 10:00 AM and a tour of the building will follow the meeting. All questions will be due by Thursday, March 16th by 05:00 PM. 

  • Contact Name: Michael Piselli
  • Contact E-mail:
  • Contact Phone: 215-580-8364

SEPTA Guaranteed Energy Savings RFP

Philadelphia Museum of Art: Request for Qualifications

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (“PEA”), the Philadelphia Museum of Art (“PMA”) and the City of Philadelphia (the “City,” together with PEA and PMA referred to as the “Administrator”) intends to commence a guaranteed energy savings project (“Project”) for the PMA located at 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 2525 Pennsylvania Ave, and 2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The Administrator collectively seek qualified Energy Service Companies (“ESCOs”) to perform under an energy performance contract under the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (“GESA”). GESA addresses contracting by municipalities for energy conservation measures in existing buildings.

The Administrator will be requesting proposals for these facilities that will comprehensively reduce energy costs. The ESCO proposals will guarantee savings that can be used to cover operating budget expenses and finance improvements. The ESCO will also implement an Economic Opportunity Plan (“EOP”) in its selection and use of subcontractors and hiring or workers that ensure the employment of an appropriately diverse workforce. This Request for Qualifications (“RFQ”) is the first step in the Administrator’s process of obtaining proposals from qualified ESCOs. Through this RFQ, the Administrator will identify the most qualified respondents to this RFQ, who will be invited to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposals process. The Administrator will only consider proposals from ESCOs that are selected pursuant to this RFQ.

Responses must be received no later than 4:00 P.M. on March 15th, 2017. Responses should be delivered electronically emailed to and be no larger than 10MB to ensure delivery.

View the links below for the complete RFQ and Q&A.

Philadelphia Museum of Art – GESA RFQ

Attachment A- Facility Profiles

Attachment B- Sample Economic Opportunity Plan

RFQ Questions and Answers 3.1.17

PEA is Hiring – Program Manager

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is hiring a Program Manager. The Program Manager is a mid-level position that will manage one or more of the sector programs for the Philadelphia Energy Campaign. This includes driving program strategy, developing partners, planning and implementation with support from the Executive Director and other PEA staff, consultants and interns. The Program Manager will be key in converting pilots to long-term programs that achieve energy cost savings, create jobs and other metrics as appropriate.  The application deadline is Friday, January 27, 2017. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis since PEA is seeking to hire immediately.

Learn more in the job description below.  Application instructions are included therein. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Program Manager Job Description

RFI for Website Design Services

Philadelphia Energy Authority Request for Proposals for Website Design Services

January 2017 Issued by: Philadelphia Energy Authority

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is seeking proposals from qualified web design and communications companies to provide website design, web content support, and create a new website for the organization. The Philadelphia Energy Authority is seeking a web design and communications company with previous experience providing branding, web development, and content support for government or nonprofit organizations. The company will develop a new website for the Philadelphia Energy Authority. The purpose of the website is to inform stakeholders about PEA’s Philadelphia Energy Campaign, encourage stakeholder participation, and release and publicize public bid opportunities. Philadelphia-based firms are encouraged to apply.

All proposals must be submitted electronically through email to Chelsey Lowe, Program Coordinator at Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 PM Philadelphia, PA, local time on February 1, 2017.

The complete Request for Proposals for Website Design Services can be viewed using the link below.

RFP Web Services