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Who benefits from a resilient recovery?
Thursday, June 11, 2020

RCPA Year in Review – 2019
Monday, December 30, 2019

Entering the Era of the Climate Emergency
Thursday, September 5, 2019

2015 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Update (Data Blog)
Thursday, July 12, 2018

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Have you taken the Sonoma Climate Challenge?
The Windsor Times – Jul 10, 2019

New Data-Driven Software Tool Assesses Environmental Impacts
Government Technology – December 5, 2018

North Bay leaders converge on climate change at Novato summit
Marin IJ – September 20, 2018

Sonoma Valley Scientists invited to meet by White House
Sonoma Valley Sun – October 1, 2016

Gov. Brown extends Sonoma County’s lauded climate protection program
The Press Democrat – August 25, 2016

Cars key to addressing climate change in Sonoma County
The Press Democrat – March 22, 2016

Sonoma County climate change initiatives honored by White House
The Press Democrat – December 3, 2014

Rave reviews for water savings in Windsor
The Press Democrat – April 10, 2013

Working with the RCPA

Program Operator Request for Proposal ― Bay Area Water Efficiency Program

The Sonoma County Regional Climate Protection Authority (RCPA) invites proposals from qualified professional service organizations to provide Program Operator services for the regional Bay Area Regional Energy Network (BayREN) program, Water Upgrades $ave.

Water Upgrades $ave is Bay Area‒wide on-bill financing program that uses established municipal water utility authority to set water service rates and recover costs from their customers to make the following Program offer: Municipal water utility customers can install eligible water efficiency equipment with no up-front cost ― using a utility-approved on-bill charge that is significantly lower than the estimated savings.

The on-bill charge stops at the end of the financing term or if the equipment fails and cannot be repaired. If the water utility customer moves from the location, the new water customer automatically assumes both the continued savings and remaining charge.

As outlined in the Request for Proposal scope of work, the provision of Program Operator services includes the following individual objectives:

  • Work in partnership with RCPA and BayREN to finalize Water Upgrades $aves protocols and processes to ensure the success of the Program for all parties, including most critically water customers.
  • Outreach and engagement with potential Participants that results in signed Participant Agreements and completed projects.
  • Ensure Improvements installed at Participants’ properties are appropriate, cost effective, and correctly installed.
  • Ensure paperwork and data are complete, accurate, and available in real time.
  • Provide excellent Customer Service.

This will be a pay-for-performance contract with the Program Operator. While necessary services that are not directly tied to completed projects, such as marketing, will be paid based on time and materials or milestones, payment for the services above primarily will be paid based on the number of completed installations.

Proposals must be submitted at or before 5:00 p.m. on June 30, 2020.

RFP packet: (1) Request for Proposal, (2) Exhibit B: Cost Exercise, (3) Exhibit E: Program Manual, and (4) Exhibit F: Contractor Agreement.

Additional documents: Addendum 1 (6/2/20), Addendum 2 (6/19/20), Webinar slides (6/19/20)