TerraVerde Implements Advanced Solar RFP Process Using Cloud-based HelioScope Software; First Project Awarded to SolarCity

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Streamlines and Simplifies the Solar RFP Process by Using Design and Collaboration Software from Folsom Labs

We are always looking for ways to run a more transparent and effective RFP process. HelioScope streamlines and simplifies the design process, which leads to a more level playing field for our respondents.

TerraVerde Renewable Partners is pleased to announce a new RFP process designed to simplify the process of selecting the best proposals by using HelioScope as the design and performance-modeling program of record. The first project completed under the new RFP process, Burton School District, was awarded to SolarCity.

HelioScope sets a uniform baseline for project engineering, and allows plans to be shared between co-workers and companies in real-time, enabling tighter coordination between the RFP participants and TerraVerde throughout the process. Additionally, by having a common set of design parameters, and tying the performance calculations to the physical system design, the new RFP process also provides greater modeling transparency between designs and a more consistent treatment across different participants. The RFPs also incorporate on-site battery storage to reduce demand charges, making them some of the first commercial projects in California to do so.

“We have been using HelioScope internally for almost a year now, and we were confident that our RFP participants would have a similarly great experience with HelioScope,” said Ali Chehrehsaz of TerraVerde. “We are always looking for ways to run a more transparent and effective RFP process. HelioScope streamlines and simplifies the design process, which leads to a more level playing field for our respondents. Among the 14 solar integrators who participated in the RFP process, SolarCity was awarded the project since they were able to provide a competitive proposal while meeting the technical and commercial specifications of the project.

This project marked the first RFP to use HelioScope as the modeling program of record. “We are excited to reach this important milestone in our growth and industry acceptance,” said CEO Paul Gibbs. “HelioScope has already been adopted by hundreds of leading solar developers and EPCs. Now the use of HelioScope on RFPs is one more step towards our goal of streamlining the processes behind designing and engineering PV systems. to help reduce the soft costs of deploying solar.”

In addition to the Burton School District, TerraVerde has also used HelioScope on three other RFP portfolios, including the City of Woodland, the City of Lathrop, and the Tulare City School District. Taken together, the RFPs total 9MW across 40 interconnections.

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