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Current Solicitations

Updated 11 September, 2007

The following solicitations and requests for proposals may be of interest to geothermal developers and entrepreneurs. They are listed by deadline.

The Green Power Network Financial Opportunities webpage of the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) posts solicitations for renewable energy generation, renewable energy certificates, and green power.

City of Palo Alto Request for Proposals No. 123663 for Utility Commodities, Renewable Electric Power

The City of Palo Alto is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide
electric power generated by new renewable resources to meet the City's
renewable portfolio and Palo Alto Green renewable retail rate program needs. Renewable electric power includes but is not limited to bundled electric energy,
capacity, and environmental attributes.

This Request for Proposal (RFP) process entails soliciting electric power
supplies with the intent of negotiating and executing one or more Power
Purchase Agreements (PPA) with one or more Bidders at different time periods
within a period of two years after the initial award of contract with the highest
rated and most qualified vendors for a variety of renewable resources.

The City seeks to contract for up to 220 GWh/year (average 25 MW) of
renewable electric power for terms of 5 to 30 years from any eligible renewable
resource. The City also seeks to contract for up to an additional 60 GWh/year
(average 7 MW) of either renewable electric power or renewable energy credits
for terms of 3 to 5 years from wind and solar resources only.

Projects within California must have an on line date on or after 1 January 1997, and those outside of California must have an online date after 1 January 2005. All projects must have a projected online date on or before 31 December 2010.

Proposals due 5 September 2007.

For more information.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Small Business Innovation Research Program, Fiscal Year 2008

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) invites science-based small business firms to submit research applications under the Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) solicitation for FY08 in several areas including the following in which geothermal may be relevant::

  • Plant Production and Protection – Biology
  • Soil and Water Resources
  • Rural Development
  • Aquaculture
  • Marketing and Trade
  • Small and Mid-Size Farms
  • Plant Production and Protection - Engineering

Special consideration may be provided to applications that address Alternative and Renewable Energy or Agriculturally-related Manufacturing Technology within their scope of work.

This program solicitation is only for the preparation and submission of Phase I
applications. Phase I awards may not exceed $80,000 for a period normally not to exceed eight months. The Phase I application should concentrate on research that will significantly contribute to proving the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept and will be a prerequisite to further USDA support in
Phase II.

The Phase I closing date is 5 September 2007.

For more information.

U.S. Air Force: Construct Ground Source Heat Pump Well Field For Heat Pumps (Geothermal Energy) – Solicitation No. F1P35C7193A003

The U.S. Air Force, Air Combat Command seeks a contractor to furnish all management, supervision, labor, parts, material, and equipment necessary to install a geothermal, ground-source heat pump well field at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson Arizona

The ground-source heat pump well field will be laid out in a consistent pattern of eighty five (85) wells. There shall be twenty-two (22) wells which will be the base proposal cost and twenty-one (21) wells which will be additive alternate item number one, and twenty-one (21) wells which will be additive alternate item number two and and twenty-one (21) wells which will be additive additive alternate item number three. The well field will be connected (by others) to a ground source heat pump piping system that will be installed (by others).

The contractor must be an IGSHPA-certified ground source heat pump (GSHP) installer.

Offers are due 11:00 A.M., 14 September 2007.

For more information.

Navy Geothermal Program Office: Geothermal drilling for two geothermal test core holes at El Centro California (Solicitation Number: N68936-07-R-0049)

The Navy Geothermal Program Office, China Lake, California (GPO) plans to have two geothermal test holes drilled at the Naval Air Facilities, El Centro, California (NAFEC). These holes will be a minimum of 3,000 feet deep, with an option to a maximum of 4,000 feet, and will provide core samples, cuttings, and geophysical and other technical data for use of the Navy in its investigation of the resource potential at NAFEC.

The drill sites are located on the northwest portion of NAF El Centro Target Range 101, adjacent to Superstition Mountain, approximately 15 miles west of the town of Brawley, California. The Contractor shall be required to use Blowout Prevention Equipment (BOPE) on this Contract. The material to be drilled is estimated to be at least 1,500 feet of alluvium and consolidated sediments, followed by granitic bedrock to depth.

The Government estimates that this project will take no more than three (3) months from site preparation to completion of drilling and geophysical logging. The proposed contact timing will be a factor in the Government’s Technical Evaluation.

Bids are being requested on a firm fixed price basis to include all equipment, supplies and materials: labor; and supervision.

Bids are due 17 September 2007 (changed from 13 September).

For more information.

Advancing Colorado's Renewable Energy Program

$500,000 is now available in grant funding by the Colorado Agricultural Value Added Development Board to promote agricultural energy related projects. The Board administers the Advancing Colorado’s Renewable Energy (ACRE) program which provides funding to promote energy-related projects beneficial to Colorado’s agriculture industry. Funds will be allocated in three categories: feasibility studies, project participation, and research:

Feasibility Studies – Funds may be used to study the viability of establishing an agricultural energy-related project and may address the market for the product, engineering requirements, economic viability, environmental concerns, legal requirements, management, and other necessary study components. A maximum grant amount of $25,000 will be awarded per feasibility study project.

Project Participation – If a successful feasibility study has been completed, a candidate can submit an application for a project participation grant to help with the development of the project. Funds can be used to assist with the purchase or lease of equipment, construction costs, and land costs. A maximum funding allocation of $100,000 will be awarded.

Research – Applications for research into agricultural energy related topics and issues will also be considered. A maximum grant amount of $50,000 will be awarded per project.

A matching contribution of at least 10% of the total project budget is required. Funds may not be used for paying down current debt, general administrative expenses, or indirect institutional overhead costs.

Applications and a $50 non-refundable application fee must be received by 17 September 2007.

For more information.

California Energy Commission Energy Innovations Small Grant Program, Solicitation Notice 07-02 (Electricity Program)

The California Energy Commission is offering grant funding through the Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program to projects that determine the feasibility of energy research and development concepts relating to the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program.

Proposals must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible for consideration under the EISG program:

  • The proposed work must advance science or technology not adequately addressed by competitive and regulated markets;
  • Propose an original innovative solution to a significant energy problem;
  • Propose work that is still in the proof-of-concept phase;
  • Address a California market need;
  • Provide a clear potential benefit to California electricity ratepayers;
  • Target one of the six PIER program areas including Renewable Generation.

A maximum of $95,000 for hardware projects requiring physical testing and $50,000 for modeling projects is available to Awardees per grant project. Approximately $2.6 million per year of PIER funds are allocated to EISG grants.

Grant applications are due 27 September 2007.

For more information.

Snohomish County Public Utility District Renewable Energy Request for Proposals (RFP)

Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) No. 1 seeks proposals from qualified suppliers for providing energy from renewable resources, including geothermal. The District is interested in purchasing up to approximately 100 average megawatts of energy from renewable resources under a purchase power or ownership arrangement. The District will consider proposals for resources of 5 MW or greater.

This RFP is intended both to meet the District’s projected needs for additional power in the coming years and to comply with the District’s obligations under Initiative 937 (I-937), RCW Chap. 19.285. I-937 was passed by the citizens of the State of Washington on 7 November 2006 and establishes a mandate for the District to obtain an increasing share of its power supply from qualifying renewable resources. The PUD expects it will need to add energy resources to its portfolio in the 2008-2012 timeframe.

A pre-bid conference is scheduled for 8 August 2007.

Proposals are due 1 October 2007.

For more information.

California Energy Commission Geothermal Resources Development Account Program Solicitation

The California Energy Commission (Energy Commission) is opening a new funding opportunity through its Geothermal Resources Development Account (GRDA) Program. The overall purpose of this Geothermal Solicitation is to promote the development of geothermal resources and technologies. Up to $5.8 million total is available to fund GRDA grants and loans. There are no minimum or maximum funding levels, but match share contributions are required.

Applicants are required to submit both a pre-application and final application
to be eligible for funding. The application due dates are:

Pre-Application: 16 October 2007, 4:00 P.M.
Final Application: 3 January 2008, 4:00 P.M.

For more information.

Documents can be requested by contacting:

William Glassley
Energy Generation Research Office
Energy Research & Development Division
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-43
Sacramento, California 95814
Telephone: (916) 654-4838
Fax: (916) 653-6010


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