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South Africa - Feasibility Study for the Western Cape Government Solar PV Project

Solicitation Number: 2013-11015A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: Sep 23, 2013 4:18 pm

POC: Jennifer Van Renterghem, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Green Cape
2nd Floor, 44A Bloem Street
Cape Town, South Africa

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study to evaluate the technical, financial, environmental, and other critical aspects of installing 3 megawatts (MW) of rooftop solar photovoltaics on Cape Town central business district provincial buildings in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.

In South Africa, solar photovoltaic power generation has the potential to increase electrification rates and ease strains on the national grid. South Africa has one of the highest global rates of annual solar radiation, averaging approximately 220 watts per square meter (W/m2), compared with about 150 W/m2 for parts of the United States. Within South Africa, the Western Cape Government has been a national leader in implementing energy efficiency strategies and renewable power generation projects such as this advance will substantially advance these goals.

The Green Cape Sector Development Agency NPC (Green Cape), a not-for-profit company (NPC) largely funded by the Western Cape Provincial Government and also supported by the City of Cape Town, is the approved Grantee for this feasibility study. Green Cape works on a variety of projects that study barriers to and opportunities for investment in clean energy, water resource management, and air quality. Green Cape will direct this feasibility study in close coordination with the Western Cape Provincial Government, which will still have overall responsibility to implement the Project.

The primary objective of the Study is to provide the Grantee with analyses and recommendations that will support its decision-making with regard to the implementation of rooftop photovoltaics on public buildings. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US $545,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency ("USTDA").

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 10:00 a.m (local South African time), November 19, 2013 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600,
C/O US TDA 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, Virginia 22209-3901
Jennifer Van Renterghem
Phone: 703-875-4357