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Implementing Solar Projects on Federal Sites

This illustration shows the processes to implement federal solar projects that are funded by their respective agencies, power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, utility energy services contracts, and enhanced-use leases. For an Agency-Funded Project, the steps include secure funding, develop the scope of work, develop a request for proposal, issue a request for proposal, administer a request for proposal, evaluate the proposals, award the contract, design the project, construct the project, commission the system, and post-commissioning performance. This illustration shows the processes to implement federal solar projects that are funded by their respective agencies, power purchase agreements, energy savings performance contracts, utility energy services contracts, and enhanced-use leases. For an Agency-Funded Project, the steps include secure funding, develop the scope of work, develop a request for proposal, issue a request for proposal, administer a request for proposal, evaluate the proposals, award the contract, design the project, construct the project, commission the system, and post-commissioning performance. For a Power Purchase Agreement Project, the steps include address power purchase agreement-specific issues, select a contracting agent (if needed), develop and issue a request for information (optional), develop and issue a request for qualifications (optional), develop a request for proposal, issue a request for proposal, administer the request for proposal, evaluate the proposals, award the contract (issue any needed indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity task order), design the project, construct the project, commission the system, monitor the performance period, and end contract oversight. For an Energy Savings Performance Contract project, the steps include plan the project, perform a preliminary assessment and ESCO selection, perform investment grade audit to award, design the project, construct and install the system, commission the system, monitor the performance period, and perform project close out. For a Utility Energy Services Contract project, the steps include contract or agreement review, perform a preliminary study, perform an agency review, project implementation proposal (investment grade audit/detailed feasibility study), negotiate and accept the proposal (construction contract), detailed design acceptance, construct project, construction acceptance, monitor performance period, and close out the project. For an Enhanced Use Lease project, the steps include identify underutilized land, develop the scope of work, develop a notice of opportunity to lease, issue a notice of opportunity to lease, administer the notice of opportunity to lease, evaluate proposals, select a contractor, complete a lease and management plan (contractor submittal), review and accept the plan, issue the lease, design the project, construct the project, commission the project, monitor the performance period, and perform project close out.

After a financing and contracting option has been selected, the next step is to execute the project. Each project follows a process that is unique to the financing and contracting options selected.

Next steps to implement the project depends on the financing and contracting option selected. The graphic below illustrates the process steps for the following financing and contracting options.

  • Agency funded or direction appropriation
  • Power purchase agreement (PPA)
  • Energy savings performance contract (ESPC) and optional energy services agreement (ESA)
  • Utility energy services contract (UESC)
  • Enhanced use lease (EUL).