Regional Renewable Energy Procurement
Resource limitations and lack of expertise are two significant barriers to renewable energy adoption by local government. In an effort to help public agencies overcome these barriers, Alameda County, Joint Venture Silicon Valley and the Contra Costa Economic Partnership recently unveiled the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project (R-REP). This initiative utilized collaborative procurement to purchase renewable energy systems for public agencies throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
Utilizing this successful model, regional collaboration provided public agencies the following benefits:
- Reduced transaction costs & administrative time.
- Competitive contract terms (buyout options, performance guarantees, termination options, etc.) compared to similar projects.
- Standardized procurement documents, financing, and process.
- Accelerated financing and deployment.
- Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.
- Local economic activity and job growth.
The R-REP solicitation included 19 public agencies for a total of over 180 renewable energy sites totaling 30 MW throughout Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties.
For a map of locations included in the project, visit the Alameda County R-REP web page.
- Lead Agency: Alameda County
- Conveners: Joint Venture Silicon Valley and Contra Costa Economic Partnership
- Technical Advisors: Optony Inc., Newcomb Anderson McCormick, and KNN Public Finance
- Participants: Public agencies (cities, counties, special districts, schools, etc.) in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties (list of participating agencies)
R-REP is based on the model developed through the Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement Project (SV-REP), under which nine Silicon Valley public agencies came together using a collaborative procurement model to drive down the costs of solar power for public agencies at 43 locations. The SV-REP proved that the collaborative procurement model works.
- Participants saved 75% - 90% in upfront costs.
- Volume and competitive pricing yielded 10% -14% cost reductions.
- Electricity consumption completely offset for 25% of sites.
- Reliable cost of electricity over 20-year term.
- Projected to generate $70M+ in local economic activity and 300+ jobs.
- Over $30M in federal tax benefits captured via power purchase agreements (ITC + depreciation), which led to lower pricing.
- Systems were placed at a variety of locations, including libraries, fire stations, office buildings, community centers and clinics.
R-REP Documents & Resources
For R-REP documents and additional resources for implementing the collaborative procurement model, visit the Alameda county R-REP web page.
Resources related to the R-REP meetings can be found here.
- Silicon Valley needs to catch some rays, Silicon Valley Business Journal, October 2014
- R-REP Case Study, Clean Energy States Alliance, May 2014
- Regional Renewable Energy Procurement, PM Magazine, June 2012
- Collaborative purchases of solar can save money for agencies, Mercury News Op-Ed, May 2012
- Best Practices Guide for Collaborative Solar Procurement, published by Joint Venture, Optony and the World Resources Institute, April 2011 (Full Report | Appendices)
Where do I find out more?
To find out more, please visit the Alameda County R-REP site at acgov.org/rrep.
To register for future Alameda County contracting opportunities, click here.