SUBJECT: February 21st - 2014 Solarize Plano Project Communications Update

This project status email is being sent to 2014 Solarize Plano Project participants that have enrolled, interested volunteers, and related city & utility staff contacts . This communications update includes:

1. Enrollment status

2. Next Steps Reminder - Upcoming Information Session Meetings!

3. Request - Help spread the word

4. RFP Review Team

5. Project Questions

1. Enrollment status

Great News!  Enrollment is continuing to increase! As of the end of the day Feb 20th, we have 50 Plano residents signed up!  Let’s spread the word to get more!

2. Next Steps Reminder - Upcoming Information Session Meetings

The first Information Session Meeting is next Tuesday evening!  Please make plans to attend this session or one of the following sessions over the next few weeks. The schedule for the Information Sessions are:

Also, as included in the email that you received after submitting your enrollment (and on the website), your next steps include:

3. Request - Help spread the word

We are asking your help to build momentum and spread the word.   The more people that enroll to learn, the better the potential for a larger total  installed PV solar capacity for the project, resulting in the opportunity for a larger discount for all participants who ultimately decide to install a system.  Some suggested ways to spread the word are listed below.  Let us know of any ideas that you have to further help.

Here are some references you can use when spreading the word!

4. RFP Review Team

The company that will install the PV solar systems will be selected by the RFP Review Team. This team will consist of project participants that have indicated an interest to participate in the solar company selection process. Those interested will be asked to complete a short questionnaire which will be available online the first week of March.

The work of the RFP Review Team will be conducted between March 15 and March 31.  The preliminary RFP timeline is given below.

March 3, 2014 - RFP issued to interested solar installation companies

March 14, 2014 - RFP responses (best and final) due by 5pm

March 20, 2014 - RFP Review Team Meeting to review and score all responses. The two highest scoring companies will be asked to meet with the RFP Team for an interview

March 28, 2014 - Short-listed company interviews with RFP Team

March 31, 2014 - Selected company to be notified.

5. Project Questions

If you have any questions, please reach out to us by email so that we can setup a call or meeting to address them.

Thanks again for your interest in the Solarize Plano Project and tapping the local solar energy that we have here in Plano!

Shine On!

Larry Howe ( , Bob Litwins (, and all the volunteers with Plano Solar Advocates, a 100% grassroots volunteer group