Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide to Solar Procurement
By: Joint Ventures: Silicon Valley Network, World Resources Institute
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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.