On November 29, 2021, Cook County announced the release of a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a renewable energy Off-Site Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). The PPA will allow Cook County to purchase a large portion of its electricity supply from a renewable source beginning in FY2023. 

This transaction will be made using an off-site Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), a common financial tool for large-scale renewable energy purchases. In a PPA, a renewable energy developer constructs a renewable energy plant (such as a solar or wind farm) and subscribers, such as the County, purchase the electricity and renewable energy certificates from the developer without paying any up-front capital costs.

The RFP document and related files can be accessed through the following link: https://files.ameresco.com/fl/jN1jea4EyH This link will require a password to access. The password is: DhZ5zYbE

Proposals can be submitted through the following secure link: https://files.ameresco.com/ul/jZfWor9jq6 (In the text box of the submittal page, please include an email address where a confirmation receipt can be sent.  Enter this information prior to submitting your documents.)

Below are some important dates related to the RFP process:

November 29, 2021 – RFP Documents Available

December 14, 2021 – Deadline to submit questions

December 21, 2021 – Responses to questions will be posted to the website under “Request for Proposals and Associated Documents”

January 10, 2021 – Proposals due by 5 PM Central Standard Time – only electronic submittals will be accepted.

Questions about the RFP process should be directed to: CookCountyRenewableRFP@Ameresco.com

View the full press release here.