VT Community EVSE Grant Program: Request for Proposals for Partner Installers
Thursday, June 22, 2023
Section: Electrical News




Transportation continues to be the number one source of greenhouse gas emissions in Vermont and nationwide. Driving clean is the top action Vermonters can take to help the environment, cutting their own carbon and costs. Electric vehicles (EVs) represent an enormous opportunity for emission reduction when paired with the clean, renewable, carbon-free power supply resources in Vermont. One way to help accelerate EV adoption is to increase the availability of electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) where EV drivers need it: workplaces, housing developments, and public attractions. Many workplaces, property owners, and public attractions are interested in installing EVSE but need support to make it happen.

Green Mountain Power (GMP) is administering a statewide EVSE grant program with $7 million in funding available for applicants in any distribution utility territory to install Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 charging at workplaces, multiunit housing, and public attractions. Applications for funding will be accepted from July 6, 2023, through January 2026 or until all funding is awarded, whichever is first.
We anticipate the VT Community EVSE Grant Program will fund the installation of approximately 1,500 ports (a combination of Levels 1, 2, and 3*) across 150 sites, making charging easy and accessible.

Scope of Work

GMP is seeking engaged installation partners across Vermont to provide project management and turnkey EVSE installations to successful program applicants which includes:

• Hardware: Selection, pricing, and procurement of eligible EVSE (see Appendix A).
• Software: If desired or required, selection, pricing and procurement of eligible software that provides payment processing, access control, and the capability for utility-initiated demand response.
• Design, permitting, cost estimates: Site design including utility and civil make ready, local or state permitting (see Appendix B for additional site design requirements), and development of project costs from onsite assessments.
o Onsite assessments beyond desktop estimates are necessary for demonstrating in-depth site designs for strong program applications.
• Installation: Labor for civil make ready and EVSE installation and commissioning.
• Maintenance: If desired, ongoing operational support and replacement of components under warranty.
• Project Management: Serve as primary point of contact for the customer and/or utility throughout the application and award process. Submit regular project updates, estimates and invoices to GMP.
• Installation partners are responsible for performing all work under the National Electric Code, Vermont Electrical Safety rules, OSHA, and VOSHA rules and standards.

*Please note that applications will be accepted for Levels 1 and 2 charging on a rolling basis.
There is $1.4 million in funding available for Public Attraction Level 3 DC fast charging and
applications will be selected through a competitive evaluation process later this year.

​GMP will connect approved program applicants with installation partners to execute EVSE
installation project estimates, site design, permitting, installation, and maintenance.
Proposals should provide the following information:

• Installation partner primary contact information: Organization name, primary contact
name, email, phone number.
• Hardware, project management, and installation experience: What EVSE brands you
have installed, what sites you have installed EVSE at (residential, commercial, etc. Please
provide references or proposals for past projects).
• Subcontractors: Indicate if you rely on subcontractors and provide documentation of
which subcontractors you partner with and their previous experience with this type of
work.
• Territory: What areas of Vermont your organization serves.
• Licensure and availability: Staffing and/or availability for EVSE installations through
2027. Licensed electricians are required for installations under this program and all
equipment must be installed in accordance with all current National Electric Codes and
the Vermont Electrical Safety Rules.
• Maintenance and warranty: O&M services and workmanship/installation terms.

RFP Schedule

Proposals are due July 7, 2023, submitted via email to info@vermontevchargers.com.
Proposals will be evaluated based on the information above, in addition to overall quality of
proposal and the partner’s experience with similar projects. We anticipate selecting qualified
partners to be included in the program by July 21, 2023, although we are not guaranteed to move
forward with any. Please direct all questions to info@vermontevchargers.com.