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

All questions regarding this RFP are to be sent by email to 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 (, the PEA website ( 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 Responses received after the deadline will not be considered.


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