The City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS) is now seeking expressions of interest from qualified parties that want to host the next PV system as part of the Solar Forward program. This will be the third--and very likely the final--PV system installed under the Solar Forward program. BPS is seeking prospective site hosts with the interest in and capability to host, own, and operate a PV array on their property. Qualified parties are limited to public and non‐profit sector organizations and entities. It is not expected that prospective site hosts will contribute financial resources to the installation of the PV system.
BPS established the Solar Forward program as a pilot to test interest in community-based development and funding of solar electric systems (i.e., “community solar”). Solar Forward uses a combination of grants, crowdfunded community donations and an electric utility incentive program to pay for construction and
development of PV projects on publicly-owned buildings such as community centers, schools or other important community structures.
Solar Forward has already successfully completed one project, a 10-kilowatt array at Southwest Community Center, in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation. A second project at Oliver P.Lent Elementary School is under development, in partnership with Portland Public Schools. Construction is anticipated for summer 2014.
BPS will coordinate the application of relevant incentives for the project, with the intention of submitting an application for the Oregon Volumetric Incentive Rate (VIR) program.
Responses to this Request for Community Partnership (RFCP) are due no later than March 21, 2014.