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.

The CS-GM Project RFP Pre-submission and Networking Conference:

Date & Time:

Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 10:00 am CT

Check-in will begin at 9:30 am

Location:

Chicago Cultural Center

Claudia Cassidy Theater

77 E. Randolph Street

Chicago, Illinois 60602

To register to the pre-submittal conference and to register as a document holder click here.  The registration deadline is Monday, October 15, 2018.

Future updates to the RFP will be posted to this web page. Please check back for further information on the pre-submittal conference and site visits.

 

Chicago Solar – Ground Mount Project Documents

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Title Date Initiative Type Format
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