Solar for Schools


ASTI Newsletter | Winter 2015 Edition


The Council of Independent Colleges in Virginia (CICV) is excited to announce the issuance of a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Solar Photovoltaic Projects on behalf of 15 colleges and universities participating in its Solar Market Pathways (SMP) project. The three-year CICV SMP program is designed to help the colleges navigate the complex legal, regulatory, and technical challenges associated with installing solar photovoltaic (PV) systems, leverage group purchasing power to achieve price reductions for hardware and installation services, and create a learning network accessible by other organizations considering solar power.

The full RFP package is available online.

The potential capacity for solar generation across 15 colleges in this RFP has been estimated at over 37 Megawatts (MW) and consists of distributed solar projects as well as solar farms.

“Virginia’s private colleges have a strong commitment to sustainability,” said Robert Lambeth, President of CICV. “We are very excited about the CICV solar energy project, not only because it affords an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment to clean energy, but also because it affords an excellent educational opportunity for our students. We look forward to making a significant contribution to the Commonwealth of Virginia in achieving its clean energy goals and the development of increased job opportunities for our students and citizens.”

The RFP has been grouped into three “bundles” of sites to provide a more accessible and relevant process, and various financing options are sought so the colleges can select from appropriate choices including direct purchase, power purchase agreement, and other cost-effective solutions.



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