Bids sought to install solar panels on 32 public buildings
The Government is seeking bids to install energy-saving solar panels on more than 30 public buildings.
A request for proposal issued this month asked companies to submit bids for the “design, supply of materials, permitting, installation, commissioning, testing, monitoring and leasing in perfect running conditions of rooftop-mounting solar power systems of approximately 7MW”. The contract will last 25 years.
The request added: “The SPS system should be designed with necessary features, components and parts used in the SPS power plants and should conform to the international specifications and Solar Under Storm Part II Select Best Practices for resilient roof-mount PV systems with hurricane exposure wherever such specifications are applicable.
“Electrical works and solar system installations shall be executed in a first-class workmanlike manner in accordance with these specifications, the drawings and notes indicated therein.”
Companies have until October 7 to submit bids.
The proposed sites for the instillation include schools across the island, both the prison facilities, the Dame Lois Browne Evans Building, Global House, the Ministry of Public Works quarry department and the Fort Prospect water catchment.
The combined photovoltaic capacity at the sites was estimated to be 6.95MW.
The Request for Proposal lists a number of properties for potential solar development, along with estimated photovoltaic capacity of each site in watts.
The list includes:
Co Ed Facility Prison – 400,000W
Ministry of Public Works quarry department – 1,000,000W
Prospect Primary School – 150,000W
Sylvia Richardson Care Facility – 90,000W
TN Tatem Middle School and Community Centre – 275,000W
Westgate Correctional Facility – 195,000W
Berkeley Institute – 400,000W
CedarBridge Academy – 700,000W
Dellwood Middle School – 480,000W
Sandys Secondary Middle School – 360,000W
West Pembroke Primary – 180,000W
Hamilton Health Clinic and Annex – 100,000W
Harrington Sound Primary School – 125,000W
Dalton E. Tucker Primary School – 100,000W
Elliot Primary School – 190,000W
Fort Prospect Water Catchment – 800,000W
Lagoon Park Preschool – 60,000W
Lyceum Preschool/Francis Patton Primary School – 110,000W
Paget Primary School – 130,000W
Port Royal Primary School – 60,000W
Prospect Preschool – 35,000W
St George’s Community Centre – 70,000W
Victor Scott Primary School – 150,000W
Warwick Post Office/Preschool/Clinic – 90,000W
West End Primary School – 130,000W
Global House – 65,000W
Dame Lois Browne Evans Building – 135,000W
Gilbert Institute Primary School – 140,000W
Happy Valley Day Care Centre – 30,000W
Dame Marjorie Bean Hope Academy – 40,000W
East End Primary School – 130,000W
Devonshire Preschool Avocado Lodge – 45,000W
The Government has been encouraging the use of solar panels and other energy-efficient power sources in recent years.
It was announced last year that solar panels were being installed on the roofs of the Government Administration Building on Parliament Street and the neighbouring General Post Office.
A solar farm at the finger at LF Wade International Airport capable of producing 6MW of electricity came online last year.