In 2018, the City of South Lake Tahoe was approached by the Solar Energy and Economic Development (SEED) Fund team to participate in the newest round of the program’s regional, collaborative solar procurement project. Headed by Optony USA and Strategic Energy Innovations, the SEED Fund gives public agencies in the same region the opportunity to work together on procuring solar for their facilities. The City recognized this unique opportunity, and on May 7, 2019, City Council voted unanimously to sign on as the Lead Agency for the SEED Fund Sierra Nevada project.
After a year of organizing and preparation, the City and SEED team recently released the official Request for Proposals. Eighteen sites across seven public agencies in the northern-central Sierra are included, and the RFP is open until the end of July. Ultimately, the City will evaluate bids and select a vendor to hopefully begin construction in Fall of 2020.
The Sierra Nevada Alliance is thrilled to be a part of this project. The Alliance’s two CivicSpark Climate Fellows, Sam Ruderman and Meredith Anderson, have played a key role throughout this process, acting as organizers, communicators, and facilitators between the City and SEED team and assisting. Next year’s Fellow, Jackson Realo, is excited to be joining this effort in September.