Town reviewing solar bids

MANCHESTER - The Town of Manchester is in the process of reviewing the bids from their recent Request for Proposal (RFP) to build solar projects on Town land. Their deadline for submissions was on July 29, so the next step in the procedure involves an internal review of the proposals, according to Zoning Administrator Lee Krohn.

"It's not like putting a truck out to bid and saying, 'Give me the best deal on the vehicle'," said Krohn.

Once the bids have been reviewed, they will be brought to the Select Board, with recommendations from Krohn.

"The details are different on each one," he said, "and we need to decide which one will be the most beneficial use."

The request, sent out earlier in the summer, stated that they were looking for proposals "from qualified entities for the installation of one or more solar photovoltaic energy generating systems to be located on lands owned by the Town of Manchester."

They requested that each RFP include ten pieces of information, such as locations, generating capacity, timeframe for construction, and life expectancy of equipment.

Some of the locations that could be considered by the applicants could be the area next to the Town Offices and a patch of land next to the former Manchester Airfield along Route 7, the latter of which had seen a proposal for a solar project earlier in the year that did not get built.

Each bid will be reviewed on the basis of "clarity, responsiveness, knowledge and understanding of the Town's needs and concerns, prior experience and expertise in relevant work, demonstrated ability to perform, and benefit the Town."

As of the deadline, the town had received six bids: Gro Solar, Novus Energy Development, USA Solar Store, Encore Redevelopment, Solar Pro/All Earth Renewables, and Integrated Solar.


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