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Solar PR-18-11 Request for Proposal (RFP)

(Friday, July 22, 2011)

Original Proposal Notice Published May 17, 2011

PROPOSAL NOTICE

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY IS SOLICITING PROPOSALS FOR THE FOLLOWING:

PR-18-11 - PROPOSALS FROM INDEPENDENT POWER PRODUCERS FOR SOLAR PHOTOVOLTAIC GENERATION

REQUESTS FOR DOCUMENTS PERTAINING TO THE PROPOSAL CAN BE EMAILED BY MS. DEBARAH SMITH, CONTRACT ADMINISTRATION DEPARTMENT (774-3552, EXTENSION 2032) AT THE AUTHORITY LOCATED AT 8189 SUBBASE, ST. THOMAS, USVI.

THE AUTHORITY SHALL HOLD A 1ST PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND INFORMATIONAL WEBINAR ON TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2011 AND A 2ND PRE-BID CONFERENCE AND SITE VISIT ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011. BIDDERS WILL BE NOTIFIED AT A LATER DATE REGARDING THE TIME AND LOCATION OF BOTH CONFERENCES.

RESPONDENTS SHALL SUBMIT SIX (6) HARD COPIES (1 ORIGINAL PLUS 5 COPIES)  AND ONE (1) ELECTRONIC COPY ON CD, BOTH BY EMAIL AND COURIER, BEFORE 3:00 P.M., AST ON TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011.

THE VIRGIN ISLANDS WATER AND POWER AUTHORITY RESERVES THE RIGHT TO ACCEPT OR REJECT ANY OR ALL PROPOSALS.

May 19, 2011 Update

To All Interested Proposers:

The US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority is soliciting proposals for its procurement of electrical energy and other products generated from commercially proven photovoltaic (PV) generation facilities.

Download the following documents for more information and to participate in the Solar RFP (PR-18-11):

Webinar Presentations

June 9, 2011 Update

The Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority has issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to purchase solar photovoltaic generation from independent power producers. The Authority is seeking a maximum of 10 megawatts (MW) of electrical capacity, allocating approximately 5 MW to each of its two generation facilities serving the districts of St. Thomas-St. John and St. Croix. Consideration will be given to a different allocation of the 10 MW capacity between the two districts. The selected respondents will be responsible for constructing, operating, and maintaining all facets of the project.

The utility will sign a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the procurement  of solar energy from one or more selected respondents, with an option to renew for another 5 years. To assist interested bidders, the preferred model of the PPA with specific terms and general concepts important in developing responsive proposals is included in the RFP. The Authority seeks photovoltaic generation to assist in lowering the cost of power production in the territory. Most favorable consideration will be given to proposals that demonstrate a number of important characteristics, including cost effective product pricing, experience, strength of plans for development, construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities utilizing commercially proven technology, and the financial strength of the respondent.  Under the PPA, projects are required to be commercially operational 18 months after approval of the agreement by the Authority's Governing Board and the Virgin Islands Public Services Commission.

A pre-bid teleconference and informational webinar for all interested parties is scheduled for Monday, June 13, and site visits will take place on June 30 and July 1. Proposals are due on September 27. A guaranteed commercial operation date has been set for December 2013.

To review the full solar PV RFP, including details about how to attend the informational webinar, visit www.viwapa.vi. Questions about proposal requirements may be directed to Madeline Stevens Webster or Debarah Smith at  pr-18-11@viwapa.vi

Documents (PDFs) new

Click names to download the following documents in PDF format:

July 12, 2011 Update

Attention All Potential Bidders: The Question and Answer (Q & A) document as well as the Power Point Presentations from the Second Pre- Bid Conference, held on June 30, 2011, on St. Croix, will be transmitted to all prospective bidders on Friday, July 15, 2011. These documents will also be updated on this website

Also, please see revised schedule below:

Revised RFP Schedule (PDF)

July 21, 2011 Update

New documents (available in PDF format):

August 2, 2011 Update

September 23, 2011 Update

October 25, 2011 Update

June 7, 2012 Update

In response to a Request for Proposal (RFP) issued on May 17, 2011 by the Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (“WAPA” or the “Authority”) for electrical energy from commercially proven photovoltaic solar generation facilities, three companies have been selected to construct solar energy projects in the territory. On May 24, 2012, the Authority’s Governing Board authorized the Executive Di-rector to finalize negotiations and execute power purchase and interconnection agreements with Toshiba International Corporation; Lanco Virgin Islands I, LLC, a subsidiary of Lanco Solar International; and Sun Edison, LLC for the inte-gration of approximately 18 MW (megawatts) of solar ener-gy into WAPA’s electrical grid.


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