Philadelphia Energy Authority RFP: Solar Installation Vendors for Solarize Philly (Phase 3)

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) is to solicit business information and pricing proposals from solar PV installers that are interested in participating in Phase 3 of Solarize Philly, a group-buying program to help all Philadelphians go solar at home.  The Philadelphia Energy Authority (PEA) is seeking qualified installers to deliver cost-competitive rooftop solar installations to Philadelphia homeowners in 2019.  The Philadelphia Energy Authority (“PEA”) expects to select multiple installers with this RFP.

PEA launched Solarize Philly in April 2017 as a citywide program to help all Philadelphians go solar at home. PEA received seed funding and technical assistance through the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar In Your Community Challenge to establish a scalable and replicable model to bring solar to underserved communities.

The results of the first two Solarize Philly phases have put Philadelphia in the national spotlight for solar growth. Solarize Philly was the largest single solarize campaign, Philadelphia was 4th in the country for 2017 solar growth, and solar installer was declared a High Priority Occupation for Philadelphia County. Across the two phases of the program, 4,237 interested households signed up, 1,926 were referred to the selected installers, and 363 homeowners signed solar installation contracts for a total of 1.6 MW of distributed solar capacity. The program enabled a $5.8 million investment in rooftop residential solar in Philadelphia. 92% of participants said they would not have gone solar on their own. PEA’s participant intake and management resulted in much higher close rates than is typical of other lead generation sources, averaging at 21% across the selected installers in Phase 2.

Anticipated project timeline:



RFP released

February 21, 2019

Deadline to submit Intent to Respond

March 11, 2019

Deadline to submit RFP questions

March 15, 2019

Proposals submitted

3 p.m. March 25, 2019

Installer interviews (estimated)

April 1 – April 5, 2019

Installer selections announced

April 5, 2019

Phase 3 Enrollment Period

Spring – Summer 2019


Intent to Respond:  Please submit a statement of your Intent to Respond on your company’s letterhead to before Monday, March 11, 2019.

Filing Deadline:   The completed Solarize Philly Installer Response Form (see .doc below) and the Exhibits must be delivered to the Philadelphia Energy Authority no later than 3:00 p.m. on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Submit your completed Response Form and the required Exhibits by email to


Solarize Philly Installer RFP (.pdf)
Appendix A: Solarize Philly Installer Response Form (.doc)
Solarize Philly Installer RFP Question Responses

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