PEA is Hiring – Program Coordinator

The Philadelphia Energy Authority is hiring a Program Coordinator. The Program Coordinator supports the Executive Director and leads a variety of administrative, operational, marketing and communications and program coordination efforts. He/she will also drive community engagement, plan and coordinate events and manage consultants for marketing and web design, in collaboration with appropriate staff. The Program Coordinator is integral to PEA’s ability to advance our mission, and is the linchpin that keeps the lights on and our programs moving.

Ongoing responsibilities include:

  • General administrative and operations responsibilities including invoice processing, budgeting and reporting, ordering materials and supplies, scheduling and coordinating meetings and events, preparing event materials including for PEA board meetings, press events and more. Building out the PEA benefits package to include retirement and transit benefits.
  • Support planning and logistical coordination of all PEA programs and related activities.
  • Maintain and expand key metrics, systems and tracking, including program job creation tracking.
  • Manage communications and content with a diverse array of partners and stakeholders, including community groups, funders, politicians and staff, businesses and non-profits. Includes developing email communications, managing website and blog, social media and public announcements.
  • Other responsibilities as assigned.

Learn more in the job description below.

Program Coordinator Job Description June 2017

TO APPLY: Submit a brief, persuasive cover letter describing why you would be the best fit for this particular position along with a resume to Emily Schapira, Executive Director, at eschapira@philaenergy.org. Inquiries or clarifications are preferred to be submitted via email.

Siemens Outreach Event & Career Forum

June 7, 2017 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Community College of Philadelphia: Winnet Student Life Building

1300 Spring Garden Street Philadelphia, PA 19130

On Wednesday, June 7, Siemens will host a small business outreach event at the Community College of Philadelphia in the Winnet Student Life building. Siemens is giving businesses owned by minorities, women, the disabled and veterans the opportunity to learn about: Siemens, the ESPC industry and upcoming project opportunities where these organizations may have the opportunity to provide Siemens with products or services. Attendees from established businesses can meet and interact with members of the Siemens procurement team and learn more about becoming a Siemens’ approved supplier. Siemens recognizes a vital component of helping small or diverse businesses succeed is growing the number of qualified candidates available for employment within the regional workforce.

In an effort to educate job seekers on new career opportunities and to introduce potential employees to potential employers, the day’s event will include a career forum and networking. Attendees will hear from guest speakers representing various types of companies that provide products or services on ESPC projects. Guest speakers will give a general background on their business, review the various types of positions within their business, as well as review the skills, training and levels of education required for those positions. Immediately following the speaker presentations, a networking session will be held where existing businesses can interact with Siemens’ procurement team. Individuals seeking new career opportunities can learn about open positions within the various companies or seek advice on how to prepare for future career opportunities.

Who Should Attend

Organizations providing products or services related to energy, construction or infrastructure and are presently certified as small or diverse businesses by agencies such as the City of Philadelphia, SEPTA, or Pennsylvania Department of General Services. Organizations focused on workforce development in the Philadelphia region. Individuals looking to learn about career opportunities in the Philadelphia region. In order to accommodate space and security requirements at CCP, pre-registration is highly encouraged.

Contact I-Wah Chang: i-wah.chang@siemens.com (847) 941-5286

Document:

Siemens June 7th Outreach Event and Career Forum Flyer

Solarize Philly Manufacturer/Distributor Request for Proposals

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to solicit pricing proposals from solar PV manufacturers and distributors for solar modules and inverters for use by solar installers participating in the Solarize Philly campaign. Solarize Philly is interested in bulk purchasing these two items to yield meaningful price reductions in the program costs. The selected vendor(s), if any, will serve as the primary equipment manufacturer or distributor for the entirety of the Solarize Philly program, and will be recommended for any additional commercial or industrial solar projects supported by the Philadelphia Energy Authority.

The Philadelphia solar energy market is poised for dramatic growth due to a number of factors: 1) a new, streamlined solar permitting process, 2) a newly-refined interconnection process with PECO, 3) strong public sector support for solar deployment, and 4) significant pentup consumer demand. In 2014, Philadelphia City Council encouraged the City to generate enough solar on municipal buildings to power 20,000 homes by 2025, demonstrating municipal support for solar. PEA kicked off its citywide Solarize Philly campaign in April 2017 accompanied by 2 City Councilmembers, a PUC commissioner and a PECO Vice President. In the first 2 weeks after launch, over 350 households signed up to learn more. PEA is also currently supporting development of more than 2 MW of commercial solar. Selected vendors may choose to participate in various public relations, community engagement and solar training activities related to Solarize Philly.

Applicants are asked to register their intention to submit a proposal by May 24, 2017. Letters of intent to apply should be submitted via email to solarize@philaenergy.org.

All questions regarding this RFP are to be sent by email to solarize@philaenergy.org. Responses to questions received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017 will be issued by 4 p.m. on May 31, 2017. All effort will be made to respond to questions received after May 31, 2017 deadline, but responses are not guaranteed. The answers to all questions will be posted on the Solarize Philly website (www.solarizephilly.org), the PEA website (www.philaenergy.org) and emailed to those who indicate intent to apply. Respondents are urged to check the website for the responses to the questions.

Responses to this RFP must be delivered electronically to the Philadelphia Energy Authority no later than 5:00 p.m. on June 6, 2017. The electronic version of the proposal and all attachments are to be emailed by the deadline to the Philadelphia Energy Authority at solarize@philaenergy.org. Responses received after the deadline will not be considered.

Documents:

Solarize Philly Manufacturer/Distributor RFP

Solarize Philly Manufacturers and Distributors RFP Questions and Answers

Philadelphia Museum of Art GESA Request for Proposals

The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA), City of Philadelphia (City), and Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA), through the Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for qualified Energy Service Company (ESCO) to perform an energy performance contract under the Pennsylvania Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) earlier this year. In response to the RFQ, the PEA, PMA and City received statements of qualifications from vendors looking to provide services and looking to proceed to the Request for Proposals (RFP) phase of procurement for the project.

The statements of qualifications were evaluated using the criteria outlined in the RFQ and items specifically mentioned in section 3.3. The RFQs were read by PEA, PMA and City personnel and a meeting was had to discuss the responses. After careful discussion, the following RFQ respondents are being asked to proceed to the RFP phase of the project:

  • Ameresco
  • Johnson Controls Inc.
  • Noresco
  • Siemens
  • The Efficiency Network (TEN)

The RFP for the project and attachments are presented below for the five RFQ respondents identified.

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 seeks 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 is 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 diverse subcontractors and hiring of workers that ensure the employment of an appropriately diverse workforce.

This Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is the next step in the Administrator’s process of obtaining proposals from qualified ESCOs. Only those Respondents who have been deemed most qualified through the associated RFQ process by the Administrator are invited to participate in this Request for Proposals process. The Administrator will only consider proposals from ESCOs that are selected pursuant to this RFP.

All questions concerning this RFP must be submitted in writing via email to the COP Contact at energy@phila.gov no later than June 16th, 2017 at 5pm. The Administrator will provide written responses to the submitted questions no later than June 22nd, 2017. These responses will be emailed to Proposers. Oral responses by any Administrator employee or agent of the Administrator are not binding and shall not in any way be considered as a commitment by the Administrator.

Proposals must be received no later than 5:00 P.M. on July 6th 2017. Proposals should be electronically emailed to energy@phila.gov and be no larger than 10MB to ensure delivery. In addition to the official electronic delivery of the Proposal, the Administrator requests that the Proposers provide two (2) double sided and bound copies of the Proposal within one week of the submission deadline. These hard copies should be mailed to: Adam Agalloco 1515 Arch St. 13th Floor – Office of Sustainability Philadelphia, PA 19102

Attachment F of the RFP will be provided as an Addendum at a later date.

Documents:

Philadelphia Museum of Art- GESA RFP 5.19.17

PMA Energy Savings Project QA Final

Art Muesum Veolia Steam bill

Art Museum May PECO Bill

Art Museum PGW bill

PWD Rates Charges

Water Use and Cost Information Explanation

Art Museum 1 hour interval data October 2015-September 2016

2600BFP-Hourly Demand (2010-01-01 to 2012-12-01)

Art Museum and Rodin Water use 2016

Attachment A- Previous Energy Related Studies-complete

Attachment B – Energy Use Profiles for Philadelphia Museum of Art Facilities_

Attachment C- PMA Facility Profiles

Attachment D- Technical Submittal Requirements

Attachment E – City Standard Contract Provisions

Attachment F- Economic Opportunity Plan Philadelphia Museum of Art_GESA….

Attachment F- S&C Page 1 of 2 RFP EOP

Attachment F- S&C Page 2 of 2 RFP EOP

Attachment G- Philadelphia Tax and Regulatory Status and Clearance Statement

Attachment H- Utility Unit Cost Assumptions

Attachment I- Local Business Activity or Local Impact Certification

PEA Launches Solarize Philly

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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.

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(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

Issued by: THE PHILADELPHIA ENERGY AUTHORITY (“PEA”)

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 lrigell@philaenergy.org and solarize@philaenergy.org. 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 lrigell@philaenergy.org and solarize@philaenergy.org no later than 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 26, 2017. Responses received after the deadline will not be considered.

Documents:

Solarize Philly Installer RFP

Solarize Philly Installer RFP Response Form

Solarize Philly Program Description

Solarize Philly Installer Q&A

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

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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:

http://www.phillymag.com/business/2017/02/10/smart-city-kenney-phily/

https://gcn.com/articles/2017/03/21/philadelphia-smart-city.asp

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.

 

Documents:

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

Qualifications:

  • 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 nicoleb@ecasavesenergy.org