SolarWorld lands spot on feds' procurement list
By Andy Giegerich
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
SolarWorld officials said last week they’ve landed a spot on the federal government’s pre-approved solar-system suppliers’ list.
The General Services Administration gave SolarWorld a “federal supply schedule contract” that allows the company to sell solar panels directly to agencies, offices and federal departments without facing long approval processes.
SolarWorld, which bases its North American headquarters in Hillsboro, said the arrangement allows SolarWorld to offer solar engineering, procurement and construction services for projects ranging from 20 kilowatts to 2 megawatts. The status allows SolarWorld to provide the goods under pre-negotiated terms, conditions and pricing.
At stake is some $50 billion a year that the GSA’s “schedules” program spends. That’s about 10 percent of what the government spends each year procuring goods.
SolarWorld stands to collect “millions” from the arrangement, according to the company.
“We look forward to participating in a program that gives the U.S. government faster, easier, more efficient access to SolarWorld’s American-made solar technology,” said Kevin Kilkelly, president of SolarWorld Americas, in a statement.
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