Energy Storage Procurement Guidance Documents for Municipalities

August 2, 2016

by Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance

These guidance documents were produced by Sandia National Laboratories with assistance from Clean Energy Group/Clean Energy States Alliance. Originally developed to support Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources’ Community Clean Energy Resilience Initiative awardees in energy storage procurement, these materials offer useful information for other municipalities to consider as they develop solicitations for resilient, energy storage projects.

The materials included are designed to give specific examples of the elements that should be included in a solicitation for the procurement and installation of a battery energy storage project that is designed to provide backup power during outages.  

Included in this package are:

  1. Matrix of elements to include in a Request for Proposals
  2. Template for Request for Proposals for behind-the-meter energy storage projects
  3. Template of a Request for Proposals for utility-scale energy storage projects

The matrix serves as a checklist of items that should be included in your RFP. It also suggests information that should be provided in the RFP and questions that should be asked of potential vendors. Finally, the matrix includes what to look for in vendor responses.

The two templates serve as examples of the layout, language, and specifications that could be included in your RFP. Since the details are different depending on the scale of the project, there are two templates included to address the specifics of projects at each scale. 

This document is a revised version of material previously presented in a webinar on the topic of energy storage procurement. This webinar, “Procurement Guidance for Energy Storage Projects: Help with RFIs, RFQs and RFPs,” is available here.

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DISCLAIMER: Clean Energy Group/ Clean Energy States Alliance are providing general information about energy storage and resilient power projects. This is generic information and is not intended to substitute for professional engineering, financial and legal advice. Professional engineering, financial and legal advice should be obtained before making any decisions or pursuing any actions based on the generic information provided in this email. As a result, CEG/CESA accept no liability for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the generic information provided herein.

SNL Document Number: SAND2016-6120 O