City of Chattanooga releases solar RFP for wastewater treatment plant

Sealed bids for furnishing all materials, labor, tools, equipment and appurtenances necessary for the construction of the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) Solar Project will be received at the City of Chattanooga at City Hall, Purchasing Department, Suite G13, 101 East 11th Street, Chattanooga, TN 37042, until 2:00 p.m., local time, on October 22, 2019, and then at said office publicly opened and read aloud.

A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15 at 11:00 A.M. local time to give interested parties an opportunity to review the bid documents and submit questions. This will happen in the Training Facility, Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant, located at 455 Moccasin Bend Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405. Bidder attendance is encouraged but not mandatory.

Project Specific: Construct a 3.2 MW DC solar array at the Moccasin Bend WWTP in Chattanooga, TN. This array will provide “behind-the-meter” renewable solar to the Moccasin Bend WWTP. This is a turnkey project and the selected contractor shall perform (or subcontract) the civil site development of the site, installation of the solar array (racking, panel installation, inverter installation, wiring) and interconnection of the solar array to the Moccasin Bend WWTP to provide solar power to the WWTP.

A conceptual layout of the solar array and interconnection to the Moccasin Bend WWTP is provided within along with a civil site design. The selected contractor will be required to finalize the design for approval by Chattanooga, purchase and install all equipment and materials for a successful project.

The instructions to bidders, bid, contract agreement, drawings, specifications and forms of bid bond, performance bond, payment bond and other contract documents may be examined at the following:

 

City of Chattanooga

Purchasing Department

101 E. 11th Street, Suite G13

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423-643-7230

 

Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc.

631 Broad Street, Suite 300

Chattanooga, TN 37402

423-779-3075

 

See below for additional information/documents.

R190759_Moccasin_Bend_WWTP_Solar_Project

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Oak Ridge National Lab to help EPB improve Chattanooga’s smart grid

The City of Chattanooga’s smart grid is about to get even smarter with the help of the Oak Ridge National Lab.

The Oak Ridge National Lab, the U.S. Department of Energy and the city-owned EPB signed an agreement this week for DOE researchers and computer experts from Oak Ridge to help EPB better analyze and control the volumes of data gathered continuously from the utility’s fiber-optic network attached for the past couple of years to Chattanooga’s electric grid.

“This partnership is real and we intend to move forward immediately in ways that hopefully can improve the reliability and efficiency of our electric system,” EPB Chairman Joe Ferguson said today after signing a memorandum of understanding to work with DOE and ORNL.

Chattanooga boasts the fastest citywide Internet links of any city in the Western Hemisphere, thanks to the federally-funded EPB fiber optic network. EPB got $111.6 million in federal stimulus funds nearly five years ago to help build its fiber optic network across its 600-mile service territory. EPB has installed more than 1,100 IntelligRuptors, which are smart grid devices that both alert system controllers of power problems and isolate outages.

EPB President Harold DePriest said the smart grid has already helped reduce outage times in Chattanooga by 60 percent and with Oak Ridge assistance, he hopes to identify new ways to make the grid smarter, more reliable and even faster.

EPB’s smart grid gathers meter readings from users once every 15 minutes, or nearly 3,000 times more often than the manual monthly meter readings used in the past. The Oak Ridge laboratory, which boasts one of the fastest and biggest computers in the world, will provide engineering scholars at EPB to study, sort and analyze the data from the smart grid. ORNL Lab Director Thomas Mason said such data analysis should not only help EPB get better but to develop systems to help electricity providers improve around the country.

Read the full story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press here.

Source: Chattanooga Times Free Press