The National Education Trust (NET) will be seeking to identify private sector provider(s) to undertake the financing, installation and maintenance of photovoltaic generation systems in a pilot project of 30 select secondary schools. It is envisaged that the project will be implemented under an Energy Service Company (ESCO) model with payment to the private sector being made from savings.
The objectives of the project are to:
- Reduce the energy cost to the schools by 40-70% and, ultimately, to reduce the fiscal burden of the Government of Jamaica.
- Create an energy conservation and efficiency education programme simultaneously
- To demonstrate the model for effective replicability throughout the school system
- The potential for replicability within the entire school system
- Multi-lateral interest in financing for renewable energy projects
The Request for Qualification (RfQ) was re-issued on April 18, 2018 and ten applications were received. Evaluations completed and five firms were shortlisted and approved to receive the Request for Proposal (RfP). The GOJ’s approved RFP was issued to the shortlisted firms on November 23, 2018. The contract is in the transaction phase and the preferred investor will be selected following the completion of the bidding process. A Bidders’ conference was held on January 23 – 25, 2019.
The deadline for the submission of proposals is March 18, 2019.