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News Bulletin:Request for Proposals: Renewable Energy for Necker Island“I am excited about the prospect of ensuring that Necker becomes a greener, more sustainable island.We are working with The Carbon War Room to ensure that the lessons we learn can be used by other islands in their transformation to a sustainable and prosperous future.”Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Carbon War Room
Washington DC, February11,2013: The Carbon War Room (CWR), Homer Energy, and Reznick Think Energy, LLC (RTE) launched a request for proposals (RFP) today on behalf of Virgin Limited Edition for the provision of renewable energy and energy services on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, home of Sir Richard Branson. The goals of the RFP are to reduce and/or eliminate the use of fossil fuels for electricity on Necker Island and to install systems that provide savings and reduce costs on the island.The successful implementation of renewable energy systems on the island will represent the centrepiece for the Sir Richard Branson and  Carbon War Room’s ’10 Island Challenge’ commitment made at Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, June 2012 – which seeks to assist 10 island nations around the world to reduce their dependence on fossil –fuels by 2020.   The Request for Proposal has two phases of bids:Phase 1: Engineering and design solutions for a 750 kW of solar PV in an open field, 8 kW of PV on the Great House, a small test battery installation, Solar Carports, and energy services contracts.  Phase 2: Indicative bids sought for a wind turbine, significant load controls and batteries, in room energy efficiency systems and an overall energy supply and management contract. Virgin Limited Edition will purchase all services and products from one party or multiple products and services from a variety of parties, and the selected bidders will have the ability to take advantage of significant marketing opportunities throughout the project’s lifecycle and beyond. All respondents will be able to access the entire RFP or sections of the RFP after signing a Non-disclosure Agreement (NDA) and paying an administration fee.
ABOUT THE CARBON WAR ROOMThe Carbon War Room is a global entrepreneurial initiative set up by Sir Richard Branson that accelerates entrepreneurial solutions to deploy profitable, scalable clean technologies across industry sectors; and is a registered US non-profit.For more information VIRGIN LIMITED EDITIONVirgin Limited Edition is an award-winning collection of unique retreats, chosen for their beautiful locations and magnificent surroundings; each offers a sense of fun, style, luxury and exceptional personal service.  The group includes Necker Island in the Caribbean’s British Virgin Islands, Ulusaba Private Game Reserve in South Africa, The Roof Gardens and Babylon Restaurant in London; Kasbah Tamadot in Morocco, The Lodge in Verbier, Necker Belle, a 105 foot luxury catamaran and Necker Nymph, a three man aero submarine. Joining the collection in 2013 will be Mahali Mzuri: a tented safari camp in Kenya.For more details
ABOUT REZNICK THINK ENERGYRTE is a consulting firm focusing on renewable energy generation that assists project developers, financiers, governmental organizations, and consumers and generators of renewable power.  Since RTE was founded in 2000, it has been supporting clients interested in acquiring on-site renewable energy systems, developing renewable energy projects, purchasing and selling electricity and renewable energy credits (RECs), expanding and improving their renewable energy businesses, and investing in renewable energy projects and businesses.  For more details visit...www.reznickthinkenergy.comABOUT HOMER ENERGYHOMER Energy LLC provides software, services, and community tools to professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts in the energy industry who desire to analyze and optimize distributed power systems and systems that incorporate high penetrations of renewable energy sources. Based in Boulder, Colorado, HOMER Energy was incorporated in 2009 to commercialize the Hybrid Optimization Model for Electric Renewables (HOMER), which was developed by the National Renewable Energy Lab, a division of the U.S. Department of Energy For more details