Onsite Solar for Public Facilities

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The City of Asheville and Buncombe County are contracting with M.B. Hayes to install solar photovoltaic power generating systems (“PV Systems”) at 46 sites throughout the county. Construction will occur between September 2020 – February 2021 at several local public agencies, including the City of Asheville, Buncombe County, AB Tech, Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools.

The five City sites are Wall Street Parking Deck, Burton Street Community Center, Shiloh Recreation Center, Fire Station 10 and Fire Station 11. The total package has an estimated 7MW of solar capacity.

 

 


Background

Following the adoption of a 100% renewable energy goal for City operations by 2030 and supporting the County-wide goal of 100% renewable energy by 2042 the City and County partnered to engage a consultant to develop “Moving to 100%”, a roadmap of options for the City and County to reach our 100% renewable energy goals. One of the recommendations in this report was to partner and solicit one vendor to install solar on both City and County properties. This is referred to as aggregated procurement (think bulk purchasing).

In September 2019 City Council approved an interlocal agreement with Buncombe County to conduct site assessments for viable onsite solar projects and issue a joint request for proposals (which we refer to as a construction bid). Since this time AB Tech, Asheville City Schools and Buncombe County Schools have also joined the initiative resulting in 46 project sites with a total of 7MW.

 


Timeline

  • October 23, 2018: City Council adopts Resolution 18-279 establishing a 100% renewable energy goal
  • September 24, 2019: City Council adopts Resolution 19-214 approving an interlocal agreement with Buncombe County to conduct feasibility site assessments and issue a joint request for proposals for onsite solar systems
  • November 2019: Moving to 100% report is finalized
  • April 8, 2020: Invitation for construction bids for onsite solar systems is issued on the Buncombe County website
  • June 19, 2020: Construction bids are due to Buncombe County
  • July 21, 2020: Buncombe County Commission votes to fund solar installations on County, AB Tech, Buncombe County Schools and Asheville City Schools
  • July 28, 2020: Asheville City Council votes to enter into a contract with M.B. Hayes to install solar at 5 (five) City sites
  • August 1, 2020: Notice to Proceed or Contract Award Date
  • February 1, 2022: Commercial Operation Date

 


Supporting Documents

Solar Installation Press Release

Final Report: Moving to 100 Percent: Renewable Energy Transition Pathways
Resolution 18-279 City of Asheville 100% Renewable Energy Goal
Resolution 17-12-06 Buncombe County 100% Renewable Energy Goal
Resolution 19-214 Interlocal Agreement with Buncombe County
Invitation for Solar Construction Bids

 


Frequently Used Terms

  • Aggregated Procurement: Grouping together demand for commonly purchased goods and services (in this case solar panels) to harness greater economies of scale when procuring from the marketplace.
  • Megawatt (MW): a unit of power, equal to one million watts
  • Request for Proposals (RFP): A solicitation process, often through competitive bidding, to obtain supplier proposals with the intent to contract for procurement.

 

 


Contact Information

Bridget Herring, Energy Program Coordinator
828-259-5558

 

 


 

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