The responses to bidder's inquiries, unless incorporated into a formal addendem to the contract, are not a part of the contract and are provided for the bidder's convenience only. In some instances, the question and answer may represent a summary of the matters discussed rather than a word-for-word recitation. The availability or use of information provided in the responses to bidder's inquiries is not to be construed in any way as a waiver of the provisions of Section 2-1.03 of the Standard Specifications or any other provision of the contract, the plans, Standard Specifications or Special Provisions, nor to excuse the contractor from full compliance with those contract requirements. Bidders are cautioned that subsequent responses or contract addenda may affect or vary a response previously given.
Q1) Does the respondent need to address net-meter requirements? Or does the main service already have a net meter?
A1) Yes, please refer to Section 12-16.03 "PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM," subsection "PART 1 - GENERAL", subsection "UTILITY REBATE" of the special provisions. No, the main service does not already have a net meter. 2Feb11.
Q2) The RFP allows 20 days for the solar installation and states that the 1st working day is 30 days after award of the project. On page 6 it states “The Department Grants a time extension if a delay is beyond your control and prevents you from starting work at the job site on the 1st working day.” Does un-avoidable long lead time for procurement of equipment qualify as a delay allowing an extension?
A2) Yes. 2Feb11.
Q3) Please provide the framing layout on the existing parking structure for a preliminary design and estimate on the PV panel.
A3) Please bid per the current contract bid documents. 4Feb11.
Q4)Is the the existing structure capable of supporting the weight of the solar panels, racking, etc. Has an engineering study of the structure been done to determine if it is capable of supporting the weight?
A4) Yes. Please bid per the current contract bid documents. 8Feb11.
Q5) The design spec in the drawings call for a one inverter system, with panels on two different orientations (east & west) the low producing panels will pull down the production of the others. Should this be a 2 inverter system at minimum?
A5) No, please bid per the current contract bid documents. 8Feb11.
Q6)The trees in the back ground (if still existing) will shade the solar panels.
A6) Please bid per the current contract bid documents. 8Feb11.
Q7)An asbestos report was provided with the RFP documents -- will the PV contractor be required to perform Asbestos Abatement on the entire carport/roof canopy as part of the base scope of the project?
A7) Please refer to Section 12-2.02 "ASBESTOS RELATED WORK" and Section 12-16.03 "PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM," subsection, "SUBMITTALS," subheading, "PV Module and Conduit Layout Plan" of the special provisions. 8Feb11.
Q8)Page 40 of the document (46 of the Notice to Bidders pdf document), states "Attention is directed to Section 12-16.03, "Photovoltaic System" of these special provisions regarding the asbestos survey for this project." but there is no additional information beyond the survey. Please see question 1...
A8) Please refer to Section 12-16.03 "PHOTOVOLTAIC SYSTEM," subsection, "SUBMITTALS," subheading, "PV Module and Conduit Layout Plan" of the special provisions. 8Feb11.
Q9)The phone numbers on the Asbestos Abatement report are no longer correct. One number goes to the DMV and the other is no longer in service. Is there a person we could contact to get more information regarding the reports?
A9) Please contact James Tkach at (805)-549-3196. 8Feb11.