The Department of Energy launched five Regional Test Center (RTC) sites across the country in 2011 to conduct validation testing and systems monitoring on a variety of different photovoltaic (PV) technologies. One of the five RTC sites is located in Aurora, Colorado at SolarTAC; it is currently managed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), which recently expanded the available area for similar PV installations at its Golden campus. Because of this, DOE and NREL are searching for a partner to transition the Aurora facility to external management.

This Request for Information intends to identify candidate partners and the scenarios under which to transition these facilities to external management, reducing NREL’s role in operating the facilities.

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Responses to this RFI must be submitted electronically to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than 5:00pm (ET) on January 29, 2016. Responses must be provided as attachments to an email. It is recommended that attachments with file sizes exceeding 25MB be compressed (i.e. zipped) to ensure message delivery. Responses must be provided as a Microsoft Word (.docx) attachment to the email, and no more than two pages in length, 12 point font, 1 inch margins. Only electronic responses will be accepted.

Respondents are requested to provide the following information at the start of their response to this RFI:

Company / institution name;
Company / institution contact;
Contact's address, phone number, and e-mail address; and
Type of business or institution.

EERE will not respond to individual submissions or publish publicly a compendium of responses. A response to this RFI will not be viewed as a binding commitment to develop or pursue the project or ideas discussed.