HARRISBURG, Pa., Jan. 26, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Department of General Services recently issued an Invitation to Qualify, or ITQ, seeking contractors interested in designing, managing and constructing upcoming projects to be implemented under the commonwealth's Guaranteed Energy Savings Act (GESA) program.
The Invitation to Qualify (ITQ) gives interested contractors the opportunity to prequalify for statewide contracts for specific services categories that can be used by state agencies to procure those services more efficiently.
"One of the ways we can be a 'Government That Works,' is to improve the operational efficiency of our state-owned facilities through the implementation of cost-saving GESA projects," Topper said. "Our chances of reaching that goal are only as good as our ability to attract the most qualified, capable and reliable contractors to ensure that these project are done properly from start to finish in order to achieve the maximum return on our investment."
Commonwealth GESA projects involve the design and implementation of energy-related improvements through the implementation of Energy Conservation Measures, or ECMs, that will result in a guaranteed cost savings to be accrued on an annual basis. Examples of ECMs include: design, acquisition, installation, and modification measures that reduce energy consumption and related costs associated with: heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, lighting systems, control systems, hot water systems, building envelope, water consumption, sewage and other energy-using equipment or systems.
The GESA process uses savings from the reduced costs and energy consumption to repay the cost of installing energy conservation measures. In essence, this will allow these energy control measures to be paid for without any additional funding from the Commonwealth.
"We know firsthand, the positive effects that Energy Control Measures, when properly implemented, can have on reducing the overall cost of operating a facility,' Topper noted. "We have already completed one successful GESA project, have one currently under construction and have at least 4 upcoming projects that will be announced in the coming year."
Secretary Topper pointed to the success of the SCI Dallas GESA project in Luzerne County, which included reducing the facility's water and electrical usage, replacing existing interior and exterior lighting with new light emitting diode, or LED, lighting and upgrading central plant equipment among other ECMs. Thanks to these improvements the facility will realize guaranteed savings of $2.2 million annually.
Currently under construction is the Pennsylvania State Police Headquarters GESA project in Dauphin County. ECMs to be implemented in this project will include replacing existing interior and exterior lighting with LED lighting, installing light switch sensors, retrofitting the HVAC system, installing weatherization and water flow control equipment. The project is expected to realize guaranteed annual savings of $295,000.00.
Contractors can submit an application to be pre-qualified on the ITQ list at any time; however, to be eligible for consideration for the upcoming GESA project, you must be pre-qualified by March 1, 2017.
Contractors who are interested in providing services or have questions about the Commonwealth's GESA program can visit the Energy Savings Program Website.
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SOURCE Pennsylvania Department of General Services