UCF Issues Invitation to Bid to Install Solar Systems at Shelter Schools

COCOA, May 21, 2010 – The University of Central Florida (UCF) has issued an Invitation to Bid for solar and electrical contractors who are interested in installing 10-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) systems at selected emergency shelter schools across the state. Bids are due to UCF by June 18 at 2 p.m.

As part of the SunSmart Schools Emergency Shelter (E-Shelter) program, administered by UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), 90 public schools in Florida will each receive a PV system with battery backup. The grant money for the $10 million state program came from federal economic stimulus funds.

FSEC will host a free Webinar for potential bidders to address any questions about the Invitation to Bid. The Webinar will be on June 2; a morning and afternoon session is available. Pre-registration is required and space is limited – only one registrant from each company is permitted.

Bids will be evaluated for compliance with the program specifications, including a requirement for American-made products. Awards will be made to the lowest qualified bidder in each of eight regions of the state.

Contractor selection is expected by late June, with installation at the schools expected to begin in August. All 90 systems will be installed at the schools by early 2012.

The 10-kilowatt solar electric system will provide power to the shelter during outages for critical energy needs such as lighting, communications and essential medical equipment. During normal operations, it will offset electricity costs to the school and reduce greenhouse gases.

The Invitation to Bid document can be downloaded from UCF at: http://www.purchasing.ucf.edu/bids/Bid%20solicitations/

Register for the Webinar at: http://livewire.fsec.ucf.edu/sunsmart/webinar/installer_prereg.html

Following is a list of the finalist schools selected for the E-Shelter program.

For more information about the program, visit www.fsec.ucf.edu/go/sunsmart.

Site Name (In Order by County) City County
University of Florida Gainesville Alachua
A. Crawford Mosley High School Lynn Haven Bay
Jinks Middle School Panama City Bay
Starke Elementary School Starke Bradford
Endeavour Elementary Magnet School Cocoa Brevard
Bayside High School Palm Bay Brevard
Apollo Elementary Titusville Brevard
Everglades High School Miramar Broward
Kingsway Elementary School Port Charlotte Charlotte
Pinecrest Elementary School Immokalee Collier
Eden Park Elementary School Immokalee Collier
DeSoto Middle School Arcadia DeSoto
Abess Park Elementary School Jacksonville Duval
Arlington Middle School Jacksonville Duval
LaVilla School of the Arts Jacksonville Duval
Bellview Elementary Pensacola Escambia
Lipscomb Elementary Pensacola Escambia
East Gadsden High School Havana Gadsden
Havana Middle School Havana Gadsden
Trenton Elementary School Trenton Gilcrest
Hernando High School Brooksville Hernando
Explorer K-8 Spring Hill Hernando
Avon Elementary School Avon Park Highlands
Fred Wild Elementary School Sebring Highlands
Young Middle Magnet School Tampa Hillsborough
Durant High School Plant City Hillsborough
Knights Elementary Plant City Hillsborough
Oslo Middle School Vero Beach Indian River
Sebastian River High School Sebastian Indian River
Jefferson County Middle High School Monticello Jefferson
Lafayette High School Mayo Lafayette
Carver Middle School Leesburg Lake
Fruitland Park Elementary School Fruitland Park Lake
Island Coast High School Cape Coral Lee
Veteran’s Park Academy for the Arts Lehigh Acres Lee
Oak Hammock Middle Fort Myers Lee
Deerlake Middle School Tallahassee Leon
W. R. Tolar K-8 Bristol Liberty
Madison County Central School Madison Madison
Bayshore Elementary School Bradenton Manatee
Braden River High School Bradenton Manatee
Robert H. Prine Elementary School Bradenton Manatee
Vanguard High School Ocala Marion
Dunnellon High School Dunnellon Marion
West Port High School Ocala Marion
Port Salerno elementary Stuart Martin
Warfield Elementary Indiantown Martin
South Dade Senior High School Homestead Miami-Dade
North Miami Senior High School Miami Miami-Dade
South Miami Senior Miami Miami-Dade
Key West High School Key West Monroe
Yulee High School Yulee Nassau
Yulee Middle School Yulee Nassau
Baker School Baker Okaloosa
Antioch Elementary School Crestview Okaloosa
Memorial Middle School Orlando Orange
Westridge Middle School Orlando Orange
East River High School Orlando Orange
Ventura Elementary School Kissimmee Osceola
Discovery Intermediate School Kissimmee Osceola
Poinciana Elementary School Poinciana Osceola
Atlantic Community High School Delray Beach Palm Beach
West Gate Elementary School West Palm Beach Palm Beach
Palm Beach Gardens High Palm Beach Gardens Palm Beach
James W. Mitchell High Trinity Pasco
River Ridge Middle High School New Port Richey Pasco
Wesley Chapel High School Wesley Chapel Pasco
John M. Sexton Elementary School Saint Petersburg Pinellas
Fairmount Park Elementary St. Petersburg Pinellas
Douglas L. Jamerson, Jr. Elementary St. Petersburg Pinellas
Palmetto Elementary School Poinciana Polk
Dr. NE Roberts Elementary Lakeland Polk
Haines City Senior Haines City Polk
Avalon Middle School Milton Santa Rosa
Russell Elementary Milton Santa Rosa
PineView School Osprey Sarasota
Atwater Elementary School North Port Sarasota
Lyman High School Longwood Seminole
Geneva Elementary Geneva Seminole
C.A. Moore Elementary School Ft. Pierce St. Lucie
Bayshore Elementary School Port St. Lucie St. Lucie
Taylor County Elementary School Perry Taylor
Champion Elementary Daytona Beach Volusia
DeLand High School Deland Volusia
Pine Ridge High School Deltona Volusia
Riversink Elementary Crawfordville Wakulla
Crawfordville Elementary School Crawfordville Wakulla
Freeport High School Freeport Walton
Vernon High School Vernon Washington
Chipley High School Chipley Washington

About FSEC
The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute in the nation. Current divisions and their research activities include Advanced Energy Research: alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel and fuel cells; Buildings Research: energy-efficient buildings; and Solar Energy: solar water and pool heating and solar electric and distributed generation systems. For more information about the center, visit http://www.floridaenergycenter.org or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at 321-638-1015.

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