Two weeks later the team met again. Although we had still not received the Contract from the Council we decided to distribute the Request for Quote document that Alex had prepared (inserted below) to four of the companies that had been recommended to us. These were WattBlock, Dunne Solar, Green Strata and Smart Commercial Solar. We left PreSync out because they seemed to be much more focused on Green environments than energy.
The Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS remained of interest as a potential consultant but we thought that it might be possible to interest them in making our project a research case study. If they accepted this proposition we could see this enhancing our project product when delivering on our commitment to inform other Strata communities of our learning. Since Alex knows the Director of the Institute for Sustainable Futures, Professor Stuart White, we left it to him to explore this possibility directly.
During the discussion Luci raised the idea that we should include in our Brief consideration of how to incorporate Electric Vehicle charging capability since this would surely become a reality within the next five years. We even considered the possibility of designing in a public charging facility on our street boundary. Luci was also tasked with looking into whether there are other Grant possibilities. He also offered to work on the design of a modest Blackwattle Mews Microgrid website. He went off and registered the name blackwattlemews.sydney straight away. Neil undertook to provide a new up-date on these planned steps to our Owners.
We set a deadline for submission of quotes by 15th December in the hope that we could decide on the winning tender by mid-January and set a completion target of the 1st March, 2018. This timeline would enable us to make a submission for a Demonstration Project Grant from the Sydney City Council by mid-March.
Below is a copy of the Request for Quote Document that we will distribute to the potential Microgrid designers.