Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project

Summary

The Chicago Solar-Ground Mount (CS-GM) project is a multi-site solar energy development project for underutilized city-owned vacant lands. CS-GM is intended to demonstrate the viability of solar projects within Chicago, while providing residents with opportunities to meaningfully participate in the solar economy. The City is seeking a developer to Design, Build, Finance, Own, Operate and Maintain new ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) electricity generation systems at no-cost to the City.

 

 

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RFP

Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project Details

The Chicago Infrastructure Trust (CIT), in coordination with the City of Chicago and the Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM), is pleased to lead the Chicago Solar-Ground Mount (CS-GM) Project procurement. The City of Chicago is launching the Chicago Solar initiative to promote and encourage clean renewable energy generation within the City limits and in response to the incentives now available through the State of Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act.  The goal of the initiative is to demonstrate the viability of solar projects within Chicago and ensure that the expansion of the solar economy benefits Chicagoans of all backgrounds.

Through CS-GM, the City will catalyze a local clean energy economy by offering below market rate long-term leases on select parcels of underutilized vacant City land for the development of solar PV systems. The City has identified seven (7) City-owned sites, totaling approximately 30-acres, and is offering to act as an anchor tenant, purchasing a portion of the power generated. The procurement is structured to identify a developer, to Design, Build, Finance, Own, Operate and Maintain new ground-mounted solar PV systems in a way that maximizes benefits to the City and its residents.

 

On October 1, 2018, the CIT and the City issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project. A copy of the RFP can be found below and on the documents tab of this web page.

If you would like to register as a document holder to receive RFP updates, please register here.

Thank you to all the attendees at the RFP Pre-Submittal and Networking Conference on October 18, 2018.  To view a copy of the presentation click here.

 

Site Visit Information

Site Visits will take place on October 24th and 25th from 10am to 1pm. All 7 sites will be open and available during those times. If you wish to attend the site visits you must register by submitting a waiver through the online form. Those who have not submitted a waiver in advance will not be admitted onto any of the project sites.

 

 

Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project Documents

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Title Date Initiative Type Format
CSGM Pre-Submittal Conference Presentation October 19, 2018 Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project Presentation PDF
ComEd Interconnection Process October 17, 2018 Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project Instructional Guide PDF
Chicago Solar – Ground Mount RFP October 1, 2018 Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project RFP PDF
CS-GM RFP Forms (Word version) October 1, 2018 Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project RFP DOCX