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Sydney Water Corporation – Expression of Interest for Long Term Solar Partner WS2310991691 - RFT-10030631

RFT ID RFT-10030631
RFT Type Expression of Interest For Pre-Qualification
Published 11-Mar-2020
Closes 30-Apr-2020 5:00pm
Category (based on UNSPSC)
26111607 - Solar generators
Agency Sydney Water Corporation

Contact Person
John Eaton
Phone: 0409087800
Mobile: 0409087800

Tender Details

Sydney Water provides drinking water, recycled water, wastewater services and some stormwater services to more than four million people in Sydney, Illawarra and the Blue Mountains. The area of operations, totalling almost 13,000 square kilometres, extends from the Hawkesbury River in the north to Gerroa in the south, and from the Pacific Ocean westward to Mount Victoria in the Blue Mountains.

We are in the top 100 energy consumers in NSW and are looking to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions. To help us on our way, we have a board approved energy masterplan that among other things seeks to install a minimum of 13.5 MW of solar by 2030.

To help us on this journey, Sydney Water is seeking a long-term solar partner to help us identify, assess, design and install solar PV and associated technologies on our sites.

Rather than specify how the solar benefit will be delivered, we want proponents to suggest the delivery model. This could be a traditional design and install model, or it could be renting our roof space and selling us electricity that’s generated by solar arrays. Proponents are also encouraged to propose multiple business models.

We have sites that consume a lot of energy behind the meter such as treatment facilities, but other sites that have a lot of space but cannot use all the power. To maximise the value of installations, we are open to a range of alternative contracting arrangements. This could include buying power directly and renting space (eg, roof space), etc.

We also want proponents to explore innovative options such as floating solar, solar as car park roofs, etc, even if they are currently uneconomic. We want the market experts to share their experience and offer us an affordable and sustainable way to meet our objectives.


NSW Regions: Cumberland/Prospect, Nepean, Northern Sydney, Inner West, South East Sydney, South West Sydney, Illawarra

RFT Type

Expression of Interest For Pre-Qualification - An invitation for Expression of Interest (EOI) for pre-registration of prospective tenderers for a type of work or service. Applicants are initially evaluated against published selection criteria. RFT may then be invited from a panel of providers (as Selective, or Invited).

This tender opportunity is not expected to lead to the award of a contract, or the award details will be advertised elsewhere. Please telephone or email the contact officer for details

Additional Details / Instructions

Please review the 'Conditions for Participation' to determine eligibility. If you wish to proceed, please download, complete and return the Ariba registration form per the instructions. All pre-qualification and sourcing activity is conducted in the Ariba system and you will be required to complete a registration process and profile questionnaire. Completion of prequalification does not guarantee participation in a tender.

Conditions for Participation

Key Skills Required


• Must have 4th of 5th edition NSW WHS accreditation prior to starting work (can tender ahead of pursuing accreditation)

• Must have done both large commercial installations of over 100kW, as well as small systems.

• Must have installation experience with both roof and ground mounted solar.

• Must hold CEC accreditation for solar design and installation.

• Must use Tier 1 panels.

• Must use Fronius, SMA, ABB, Solaredge, Selectronic, Huawei, Sungrow or similar quality inverters.

• Must have experience with micro inverters and DC optimisers.

• Must have insurances of $5M in professional indemnity and $20M in public liability.

• Must be operating in NSW

Sydney Water operates pre-qualification processes and only invites successful participants through to participation in tender activities. To be considered for participation, you must have completed the pre-qualification process prior to the commencement of a tender. Late submissions cannot be considered to proceed.

As with the pre-qualification process, the tender activity will be conducted using the Ariba system. You must be able to complete the registration process and profile questionnaire in Ariba once you have been advised and within 48 hours of receipt of the link. We do not utilise the ‘Tenderbox’ functionality of the eTendering website, nor do we accept tenders in person at the Sydney Water head office.

The contact person operating this event is only contactable via e-mail for audit trail purposes- no phone calls will be accepted.

There may be a requirement to complete a separate safety prequalification check, either during the tender or post-award. These checks are conducted via a third party system (Beakon) and the supplier may bear costs payable to the third party for this service.

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