Carbon footprint, renewable sources, Fukushima. I could go on as the air is alive with buzzwords and news about the impending doom facing our planet.
Oil is dwindling, gas is becoming more expensive (and dwindling!) and renewable energy technologies have, until recently, been prohibitively expensive and unreliable.
But things are changing quickly. From a hitherto niche market, a mass market is emerging. Lip service to renewable energies is converting to affirmative action. You can now buy solar panels for your home from the internet and they work. And you get paid for putting them in.
These developments bode well for organisations involved in renewable energy. Current renewable energy tenders from public bodies fall mainly into two areas, consultancy based and supply and fit. As Local Authorities and other public bodies look for ways to implement governmental targets on waste reduction, carbon footprint reduction and increased renewable power sources, they are calling in the experts to guide them through it. The EU Directorate-General for Energy advertises a wide range of tenders for research studies and Europe wide integration planning for renewable energy on their website.
For suppliers of emerging renewable energy technologies, the future is exceedingly bright. After all, once the consultants have finished their studies, the next stage is implementation of their findings, mostly the supply and installation of a varied array of new and impressive technologies.
The Big Lottery Fund Community Sustainable Energy Programme is fast becoming a dependable source of funding for feasibility studies into Microgeneration Technologies such as Solar PV installations and small scale wind turbines.
There are also opportunities in the not-for-profit sector, as schools, nurseries and other similar community organisations are being invited to apply for grants and funding from the Community Sustainable Energy Programme to research and install renewable energy technologies.
If you are a supplier or installer of Microgeneration technologies and intend on bidding for tenders in this area, then ensure your organisation is MCS certified. Only purchasers that use suppliers and installers certified under the Microgeneration Certification Scheme are able to qualify for grants and benefit from the Government backed ‘Feed-in Tariff’, so if you aren’t certified under this scheme, winning tenders for this work will be close to impossible.
If you do fall into the above category as a supplier or installer, it is worth bearing in mind that competition in this area is growing with the availability of both funds and technology. Whilst pricing and product quality will be very important in helping to secure a tender, looking for ‘energy saving’ ways to add value to your tender is a must. Incorporate an energy use rebate into your tender, for example, as way to reduce energy consumption during installation to benefit both your organisation and the tendering organisation.
If you are relatively new to this industry, as many suppliers and installers inevitably are, consider the services of a specialist bid writer who understands this sector well. Their knowledge and experience, as well as innovative ideas for added value, will provide a considerable return on investment as it will increase your win-rate for renewable energy tenders. You could also take advantage of our 100% risk free PQQ writing services
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