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South Africa: Feasibility Study for the Solafrica 100MW CSP Plant

Solicitation Number: 2014-11004A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Added: Feb 28, 2014 5:41 pm

Proposal Submission Place:
Solafrica Photovoltaic Energy (Pty) Ltd.,

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 that examines the technical, financial, legal, environmental, and other critical aspects of the proposed Solafrica 100 megawatt (MW) concentrated solar power (CSP) plant in South Africa. In particular, the feasibility study will provide the Grantee with the necessary documentation to secure financial support for the implementation and operation of the proposed CSP plant.

The purpose of the feasibility study is to determine the cost effectiveness and profitability of bidding, constructing, and operating a CSP plant project with thermal energy storage capacity through South Africa's Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer ("REIPP") Procurement Program. Under the REIPP Procurement Program, prospective project developers submit bids to South Africa's Department of Energy to construct and operate renewable energy projects and sell power to Eskom, South Africa's national electricity utility. The bidding process is organized into several bidding rounds, the first of which was completed in December 2011.

The Grantee's project site for the proposed 100MW CSP plant is located on the northeast end of an existing farm in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa. The Grantee recently signed with the site's landowners a letter of intent that outlines the procedures and terms for the parties to enter into a long-term lease agreement for the specific area where the CSP plant will be developed. The Grantee previously worked in a joint venture to develop the 50MW Bokpoort CSP project through the REIPP Procurement Program in 2011. This project has since reached financial close.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$800,000 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 desk study 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 via email at no later than 10:00 AM (South Africa Standard Time), on March 31, 2014. 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,
USTDA, 1000 Wilson Blvd. Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209
Phone: 703-875-4357
Fax: 703-875-4357