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Partners in Project Green develops template procurement documents to encourage rooftop solar installations

May 12, 2011

TORONTO, May 12, 2011- With a growing interest in rooftop solar installations, Partners in Project Green and a number of its member companies have developed a procurement document to assist businesses in securing rooftop solar solutions.

"The general feeling we were getting from our members was that while there was an interest in pursuing the revenue opportunities offered by rooftop solar, there was a lack of knowledge around the technical, financial and contract issues that are part of installing a rooftop solar project," shared Dennis Braun, Project Manager with the Toronto and Region Conservation.

Coming together under the auspices of TRCA's Partners in Project Green initiative, local companies Pratt and Whitney, Mirus, Maple Leaf Foods, Broan-Nutone and SC Johnson, worked together with TRCA to develop a request for proposal (RFP) document that could be used for either leasing a company's rooftop to a solar developer or for a company looking to procure and own their own rooftop solar solution.

By working as a group, the companies were able to not only leverage their technical and procurement expertise, but more importantly they were able access TRCA's vast technical knowledge around solar, as well as the broader Partners in Project Green network of solar developer contacts.

With all of this knowledge brought together, a robust procurement document and process was developed that could ensure companies interested in rooftop solar could realize the economic benefits of an installation. The RFPs cover all elements of a potential project, including site access, building structure, technical issues, the feed-in tariff contract, lease conditions and maintenance.

Now instead of receiving a number of incomparable proposals from various solar developers, companies in the Pearson Eco-Business Zone can now use this template RFP to undertake a procurement process that allows them to compare apples to apples. This should help companies make the best procurement decision, while harnessing energy and revenue from the sun.

The RFP is available via the Partners in Project Green website at a cost of $200 for members and $250 for not-yet members. It is a downloadable Word document that can be edited and altered to meet the users' requirements, while providing the key elements a robust rooftop solar RFP should include.

About Partners in Project Green

Partners in Project Green, an initiative led by the Greater Toronto Airports Authority and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, is a growing community of businesses working together to green their bottom line by creating an internationally-recognized eco-business zone around Toronto Pearson. Through new forms of business-to-business collaboration, Partners in Project Green delivers programming that helps businesses reduce energy and resource costs, uncover new business opportunities, and address everyday operational challenges in a green and cost-effective manner.


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