The appropriate process is for the City to issue a request for proposals (RFP) -- a competitive bidding process - to meet the needs of municipal building solarization. This is in fact the policy and practice that the City employs in procurement contracts; to assess and determine the most cost effective, highly qualified bids, that saves the City of Santa Fe residents money over the long-term.
Issuing a Request for Proposal (“RFP”) is the standard procurement process for the City of Santa Fe but this Resolution bypasses this competitive and transparent process. Why has the City consistently deployed the RFP process?
◦ It protects the public from unnecessary cost and waste; and
◦ It protects the market from favoritism and unfair dealing; and
◦ It produces the greatest transparency; and
◦ It equips decision-makers and the public with the information they need to make a sound assessment of the best path forward.
We would welcome the City’s support for a bill in the legislature to make community solar legal for all and encourage PNM to endorse this legislation. It has proven to be financially and environmentally beneficial for local residents in many other states.
 Developing community solar projects are economically viable: https://ilsr.org/minnesotas-community-solar-program/