The SEED team will leverage and extend their Solicitation #3 project which is demonstrating a collaborative solar procurement process for Northern California to other parts of the state, including the Central Valley and the Los Angeles and San Diego areas. For their Solicitation #3 project, the SEED team built and deployed a revolving fund model for public agencies to procure solar energy in Marin, Sonoma and Napa Counties. As part of the project, 13 public agencies released a joint RFP for 6.6 MW of solar PV and in the coming weeks will award a contract to the selected vendor.
For this project, the SEED team will demonstrate this solar procurement model in the Center Valley of California. Fresno County, CSU Fresno and the San Joaquin Air District have already expressed interest in demonstrating this procurement process. The SEED team projects that at least 5 MW of new solar contracts will result from this demonstration project and this second phase will show a 300% increase in cost-effectiveness over the prior CSI RD&D investment based on both momentum and lessons learned from the first collaborative procurement.