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New Solar Homes Partnership Photovoltaic Systems Operational Performance Audit and Evaluation

Bid Information


Bid Alert No: 00000409049

Bid Title: New Solar Homes Partnership Photovoltaic Systems Operational Performance Audit and Evaluation

Agency Bid No. Title: RFP-15-502

Received Date: 11/04/2015

Close Date: 12/10/2015

Purchase Type: Not Stated

Delivery Point: Sacramento, California

Delivery Date: Not Stated

Special Notices: Pre-Bid Conference 11/17/2015 10:00 AM, Questions Due By 11/17/2015 05:00 PM, Bidder Preregistration

Specifications

Specifications include, but are not limited to:he Bidder who receives an agreement from the Energy Commission as a result of this RFP is referred to as the Contractor and will perform the tasks specified in this Scope of Work under the direction of the CAM. The CAM will oversee the management and administration of the contract.The audit will be divided into two phases:Phase I (Tasks 2 through 4) will consist of creating a statistically valid data set from operational performance data for installed solar energy systems that received NSHP incentives since NSHP program commencement in 2007 up to the Phase I cut-off date. (The CAM, in consultation with the Contractor, will identify a cut-off date for performance data included in the data set that will be used in the Phase I analysis (Phase I cut-off date).) The Contractor will then analyze that data set to compare the actual performance of the solar energy systems to their expected performance to determine an average performance ratio. The Contractor is required to collect data for up to 19,000 unique systems in Phase I.In Task 3, the Contractor will consult with the CAM as to the validity of the data. If the Contractor finds the available data set(s) to not be statistically valid or identifies significant data gaps, it shall consult with the CAM. The CAM may propose an alternative data collection approach to be performed under Task 8.1, to develop a representative sample or the CAM may provide written approval of the data set even though it is not a statistically valid sample. Examples of alternative data collection approaches are installing third party meters to measure system production or conducting site visits to verify system operation. The use of an alternative data collection method and associated funding will be subject to the CAMs approval.Phase II (Tasks 5 through 7) will include collection, processing, and analysis of additional data for all installed systems included in the Phase I data set created after the Phase I cut-off date thru the Phase II data collection cut-off date. It will also include data collection for additional NSHP systems installed after the Phase I data collection cut-off date set by the CAM, but before the Phase II data collection cut-off date. (The CAM, in consultation with the Contractor, will identify the cut-off date for data collection (Phase II cut-off date).) For Phase II, the Contractor is required to collect new data accumulated since Phase I for up to 19,000 unique systems identified in Phase I and for new NSHP systems installed after the Phase I data collection cut-off date through the Phase II cut-off date.In Task 6, the Contractor will consult with the CAM as to the validity of the data. If the Contractor finds the available data set(s) to not be statistically valid or identifies significant data gaps, it shall consult with the CAM. The CAM may propose an alternative data collection approach to be performed under Task 8.2, to develop a representative sample or the CAM may provide written approval of the data set even though it is not a statistically valid sample. Examples of alternative data collection approaches are installing third party meters to measure system production or conducting site visits to verify system operation. The use of an alternative data collection method and associated funding will be subject to the CAMs approval.For both phases in this agreement the Contractor shall use data sets that provide statistically valid results that will be representative of all NSHP installations, unless the CAM approves a different data set.The Contractor selected for this agreement will conduct an analysis to determine the average performance ratio of solar energy systems that received incentives from the NSHP program.The Contractor will also determine what percentages of the systems are operating within an acceptable range of the average performance ratio.The Contractor will be responsible for procuring or developing resources (i.e., weather and irradiance data, and system performance data) and will provide expertise in the following areas:Project Management;Data Collection and Processing, and distributed generation data collection;Data Analysis.Prior to the conclusion of the contract, the Contractor will prepare a comprehensive written Final Report that incorporates a description of the project and approach and presents detailed findings and results of the work completed and recommendations to the Energy Commission. The Final Report shall include:A background of project and work performed.A discussion of the limitations of the data set and the steps taken to create the representative data sample, including details about acquiring performance data using the alternative data collection method, if applicable, and the associated results.Hypotheses explaining limitations in the data set.An explanation of how the average performance ratio was determined.An explanation of how the range of acceptable performance was calculated.An interpretation of and a discussion of the results of the analysis of the data.A discussion, based on the findings of this project, of what the Energy Commission could do to help address systems that had below average performance ratios.A discussion, based on the findings of this project, of possible needs for future photovoltaic/distributed generation programs.A discussion, based on the findings of the project, on how future distributed generation programs can be designed to ensure high levels of (solar photovoltaic or other) system performance.A discussion, based on the findings of this project, of how the State can prepare for a Zero Net Energy future. (Zero Net Energy building is defined as the societal value of energy consumed by the building of the course of a typical year is less than or equal to the societal value of the on-site renewable energy generated.)PROJECT APPROACH AND METHODThe applicants proposed Approach and Method (Section IV) shall be incorporated in the Scope of Work for the awarded agreement. This will occur when the final agreement is being developed, between the Notice of Proposed Award and execution of the agreement.

Product Code: 91016

Agency Information


Issuing Agency: The California Energy Commission

State: California

Agency Type: State and Local

Contact: Gordon Kashiwagi California Energy Commission, 1516 Ninth Street, MS-18, Sacramento, California, 95814

Phone: 916-654-5131

Fax: 916-654-4423

Email: gordon.kashiwagi@energy.ca.gov

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