Renewable Energy Procurement (REP)
The Renewable Energy Procurement (REP) Projects – regional, multi-agency collaborative purchases of renewable energy for public agency facilities (e.g., city halls, fire stations, libraries, community centers) – include the Silicon Valley Collaborative Renewable Energy Procurement (SV-REP) Project and subsequent Regional Renewable Energy Procurement (R-REP) Project. These projects addressed the challenges facing public agencies in renewable energy adoption, including resource limitations and lack of expertise, while leveraging collaborative procurement to lower costs and negotiate more competitive contract terms. The two projects, SV-REP and R-REP, are the largest multi-agency procurements of renewable energy in the country to date.
SV-REP was a partnership between Joint Venture and the County of Santa Clara, the Lead Agency, focused on harnessing the benefits of collaborative procurement and utilizing Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) financing. The Request for Proposals, which was released in March 2010, included nine Silicon Valley public agencies and over 70 solar installation sites. To date, the project has installed 11.4 MW of power, the equivalent of planting 2200 acres of trees, providing enough power for nearly 2100 average-sized homes. In total, SV-REP installations will save more than $29 million in taxpayer dollars over the next 20 years.
The project has won several local, state, and national awards, including California’s highest environmental honor, the 2011 Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award (GEELA) and 2011 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Innovation Award.
Best Practices Guide
Co-published by Joint Venture, Optony, and the World Resources Institute in early 2011, Purchasing Power: Best Practices Guide to Collaborative Solar Procurement was intended to assist other regions across the country in launching collaborative solar procurement projects. The publication outlines the best practices learned through SV-REP, and includes case studies for both SV-REP and the World Resources Institute’s private sector effort, The Collaborative Solar Project (TCSP).
In November 2012 we launched the Regional Renewable Energy Procurement Project (R-REP) in partnership with the County of Alameda and the Contra Costa Economic Partnership. The R-REP includes 19 participating agencies across four counties, including cities, counties, special districts and schools, with 180 renewable energy installation sites totaling 30 MW.