Renewable energy is becoming a top priority for all levels of government throughout the United States. Over the last few years there has been an increase in the number of solar and wind farms throughout the nation: In 2017, the U.S. generated about 41 percent more solar energy than it did in 2016, and today about 1.9 percent of the country’s electricity comes from solar.
About 10 percent of 2017’s increase was generated by four states – California, Nevada, Hawaii and Vermont. California alone increased their solar power production by 15 percent year over year, followed by Nevada at 10.8 percent, Hawaii at 11.8 percent and Vermont at 11.5.[i] Clearly, solar energy is making waves when it comes to powering the nation and helping to increase energy efficiency efforts.
California is home to some of the largest solar plants in the United States. In fact, four of the top ten largest solar farms are in California: the Mojave Desert plant is the largest, followed by Fresno, Blythe and Bakersfield.[ii] According to the Solar Energy Industries Association there are 2,063 solar companies in the state and there has been 22, 777.17 megawatts of solar power generating equipment installed. The state has invested more than $44 million in solar energy initiatives, and today solar produces 16.7 percent of the state’s electricity.
Nevada, Hawaii and Vermont, collectively count 229 solar companies in operation, along with 3733.88 megawatts of solar power generating equipment installed. Solar infrastructure generates 33.7 percent of electricity in those states and represents a total combined investment of more than $7.2 million.
Bid Opportunities for Solar Goods and Services
There are a number of different types of bids vendors can find for solar-related goods and services. A number of states are pushing to grow their solar energy programs, and are encouraging government entities to purchase goods that are solar powered. Vendors who offer products and services in the solar field may find bids for specific products that are powered by solar energy, services to provide installation and maintenance of solar energy systems, or the design and implementation of solar systems. Some of these bid opportunities can include:
- Transportable Radar Speed Display Trailer with Solar Assist
- Solar/Photovoltaic & Energy Storage Systems (Design and install solar generation and advanced energy storage systems)
- Solar Power Purchase Agreement (purchase of parking canopy solar PV systems)
- Solar PV Energy Phase XII (installation of commercially available solar PV energy generating system at the Dept. of Corrections & Rehabilitation)
- Solar Compacting Trash and Recycling Receptacles
- Solar Energy Storage and Integration Services
- Solar PV Design, Build, and Permit Services
- Solar Shades/Blinds
- Solar Bus Stop Lighting and Real Time Displays
- Solar Photovoltaic Systems
- Solar panel cleaning service
- Solar LED Walkway Lights
Vendors may find similar bid opportunities by registering directly with government entities that post these types of bids. There are plenty of places to seek out within the top four states (CA, NV, HI, and VT), including:
- County of Los Angeles
- City of Las Vegas
- Nevada Regional Transportation Commission
- City of Honolulu
- County of Kauai
- Vermont Dept. of Buildings & General Services
Find Specific Bids More Easily
Vendors interested in working with the government may find it daunting to try to find bids that specifically match with what they sell. Even when vendors register with a particular agency or government department they may not be informed of all the opportunities available for them to bid on. For those looking for help in finding bids, a bid intelligence company is the perfect solution. Becoming a member of such a company allows businesses to increase their efforts of finding more bidding opportunities without having to put in the extra work or cost of using their own employees and resources. This allows the business to make informed decisions on which bids to go after and focus on writing more winning proposals.
Danielle Calamaras | BidNet.com
[i] J. Weaver. Solar Rises to Nearly 2% of U.S. Generation in 2017. 28 Feb. 2018. Web. 1 Oct. 2018
[ii] HSA Golden. 10 Largest Solar Farms in the United States. 2015. Web. 1 Oct. 2018