The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) requests that interested firms submit their Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) for the development, design, permitting, construction / installation, financing, and commercial operation and maintenance of a solar photovoltaic power generation system (PV System) at the Blue Plains Advanced Wastewater Treatment Plant (AWTP). DC Water has preliminarily identified PV systems capacity in excess of 8 megawatts; however, while DC Water is seeking SOQs from Proposers with the capability and experience necessary to implement a project of this capacity, no final determination has been made as to the ultimate size or scope of the Project. DC Water will further evaluate the constraints of the Blue Plains Plant for the installation of PV systems, including possible conflicts with plant operating requirements for access and maintenance, and provide guidance for the development of technical proposals in the RFP documents. Detailed information on the summary scope of work, procurement process, required content and submittal requirements of the SOQ, and the evaluation process are contained in the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) document. Firms interested in submitting SOQ’s should contact Mrs. Senail Manley via e-mail at email@example.com to make arrangements to obtain a hard copy of the RFQ document. Requests must refer to Contract No. 140100, Solar Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Project.
DC Water anticipates entering into a PPA with the successful Proposer for the purchase of all electricity generated by the PV System once the system becomes commercially operational. The currently anticipated terms and conditions of the PPA are summarized in the RFQ.
The RFQ is the first step of a two-step procurement process that will result in the selection of a shortlist of the three (3) most qualified Proposers (Shortlisted Proposers) based on the evaluation criteria included in the RFQ. The Shortlisted Proposers will be invited to participate in the second step of the process during which the Shortlisted Proposers will respond to a Request for Proposals (RFP) with submission of both technical, financing, and price proposals in accordance with the requirements of the RFP. The PPA will be awarded to the Shortlisted Proposer that provides the “best value” under criteria that will be set forth in the RFP.
The Shortlisted Proposer finally selected to be the Project Provider will be responsible for close and consistent collaboration with DC Water in developing, designing and constructing the Project, as well as in operating and maintaining the PV System, to avoid any activities that may interfere with the operations and maintenance of the Blue Plains AWTP, or cause any damage or disruption of operations to its facilities at Blue Plains, which is of the highest importance. DC Water’s objective is to secure a price per kWh under the PPA that is less than the price payable to the current electrical power provider, while furthering DC Water’s efforts to increase energy efficiency and “green” technologies at Blue Plains.
SOQs will be received from firms until 2:00 PM local time on Wednesday, July 9, 2014 at DC Water. SOQ and all required copies must be labeled and delivered in accordance with the RFQ document.
A pre-SOQ submittal meeting will be held at DC Water’s COF building, 5000 Overlook Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20032 on June 18, 2014 from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Persons attending will need to notify Mrs. Senail Manley by 2:00 PM on Monday, June 16, 2014 via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange with Security a visitor’s pass for attendees at the Visitors Center Building. Attendance is limited to two persons per firm due to limited parking and space at the COF Building. Further details and restrictions are in the RFQ document.