Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide to Solar Procurement
By: Joint Ventures: Silicon Valley Network, World Resources Institute
This guide is designed to help both public and commercial entities organize and execute collaborative purchases of solar power. It presents collaborative solar purchasing as a viable and attractive option for reducing system costs and administrative burden and fostering more competitive contract terms. Collaborative solar purchasing is the process of issuing a Request for Proposal (RFP) with other regional partners to gain greater leverage in the bidding and negotiation process with solar vendors. The guide outlines this approach through 12 steps.