The goal of an RFP is to solicit accurate, comparable bids from residential solar companies and select the best-qualified company to achieve a Solarize campaign’s goals. The RFP can be a powerful tool to shape an inclusive campaign, particularly if it includes requirements to promote equity. At the same time, it is important to strike a balance between being too prescriptive and providing installers with flexibility. Adding too many constraints or creating an excessively complex RFP may force installers to increase prices or may dissuade them from participating at all.
The following table includes elements typically included in a Solarize RFP (download RMI’s forthcoming Inclusive Solarize Campaign RFP Template for more detail).