The Government said the first phase of the programme is expected to be worth up to £100m over the four-year framework agreement.
It has set a target to find up to 22 firms to handle packages of work that will span small jobs fitting photovoltaic’s panels to council homes to financing and installing bigger solar schemes up to 5MW in size.
Richard Osborne at the contracts and procurement branch of the Welsh Assembly’s Department of Economy and Transport is handling the bid competition, which will be run through the e-bidding portal: https://etenderwales.bravosolution.co.uk
Interested firms have until 23 February to prequalify.
In a related move Wrexham council has agreed in principle to a £25m project to fit solar panels on a third of its council homes.
A business plan to fit photovoltaic panels to about 3,000 properties will be presented to the council’s executive board on 15 February.
There are also plans to install the panels on 13 non-domestic buildings, including schools and leisure centres, at a cost of £3.4m.
The council estimates the panels will generate a net income of £25.7m over 25 years, thanks to a government scheme.
It is estimated to reduce CO2 levels, and reduce tenants’ bills by up to 40%. Wrexham believes it will be the first authority in Wales to run such a scheme.