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Solar Photovoltaic Feasibility Study

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Catholic Relief Services (CRS) was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe. Today, it is the official international humanitarian agency of the U.S. Catholic community. It provides support to impoverished and disadvantaged people in over 100 countries based solely on need, regardless of their race, religion, or ethnicity. CRS has worked in Cameroon since 1960.

To support climate change mitigation, CRS Cameroon aims to reduce dependence on the city electricity grid and reduce use and reliance on the office generator. Cameroon suffers from countless electrical outages each month. This situation has worsened as a result of the dilapidated state of the country’s infrastructure. As 35% of the world's carbon dioxide emissions are from the burning of fossil fuels, reducing dependence on fossil fuels is a critical step in mitigating the effects of climate change.

In FY22, CRS Cameroon in its main office in Yaounde, consumed 27,274 kWh of electricity, which accounts for 38.5% of the total consumption, i.e. an estimated USD 5,008.

The mitigation action will contribute to the CRS Central Africa Regional Office’s (CARO) climate action strategic framework, specifically Objective 2: CARO’s operational carbon footprint known, tracked, and reduced. Under this objective, CARO seeks to reduce its CPs operational carbon emission by 50% by 2030.

Scope of Services:

The scope of the consultant services includes:

Task 1: Assessment to determine the technical and financial feasibility for installation of the solar panel solutions to generate power by Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) systems.

The consultant is expected to propose the optimal solar panel solution by specifying the following:

  1. Optimal sizing of the SPV Capacity for each of the requested options under the Scope of Services
  2. Total costs per system and estimated cost-benefit analysis based on realistic operations and maintenance (O&M) (including warranty considerations and contextual factors)
  3. Required Energy Production Capacity to cover load.
  4. Grid Usage taking into consideration various battery options.
  5. Annual Monetary Savings and payback period (including net metering potential if available)
  6. Estimated Greenhouse gas emissions reduction.

For proper sizing of the SPV capacity, the consultant shall:

While calculating the annual monetary savings, the consultant should consider the following:

Task 2: Prepare technical specifications for procurement and installation of SPV system, including bills of quantities with costs estimates for all options:

The technical specification must include details for all that follows, but not limited to:

Task 3: Be part of the evaluation team, supervise installation and acceptance /commissioning of the PV implementation contract.


The Consultant will be required to provide the following report:

1. SPV system solution Assessment Report

2. Technical specifications report including BOQ (bill of quantities).

3. Checklist for review or inspection of the completed solar installation project.

4. Final report including the information on Supervision and Certification of the works completed.

Qualifications and Experience.

Evaluation Criteria – Technical Compliance of Individual Consultant.


Technical Evaluation Criteria

Maximum Score

Total possible points 100

** Financial proposal elements


Percentage of Payment

Conduct site assessments.

Conduct load calculations.


Design solar panel systems according to CRS Yaounde office needs, including the electrical system, inverters, panels, and batteries

Elaboration of list of items or equipment to be purchased

Propose energy-efficient solutions to reduce the amount of electricity required by the solar panels. This includes recommending energy-efficient appliances and lighting


Evaluating the performance of solar panels and identifying ways to improve their efficiency. This includes analyzing the amount of energy produced, the efficiency of the system, and identifying areas for improvement

Ensure SPV is installed from start to finish


Creation of detailed system designs and installation plans with technical drawing software. This includes creating electrical schematics, panel layouts, and other technical drawings

Presentation of SPV and learning events


NB: **The Competitive Financial Proposal is exclusively for the services of the consultant. This does not include the cost of the purchase and installation of SPV equipment. This is the consultant’s fees.

How to apply

Required documentation:

should be forwarded to: specifying “Solar Photovoltaic System Consultant…..” in the e-mail subject line

Closing date for submission: May 31, 2023

This Consultancy is open only for companies or individuals with representation in Cameroon.

Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.

Female candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

By applying to this consultancy, I understand and acknowledge that this organization requires its staff and affiliates to treat all people with dignity and respect and to actively prevent harassment, abuse, exploitation, and human trafficking. Further, I understand that if I am a successful candidate, I will be subject to a comprehensive background check, and my personal/professional references will be asked to evaluate my behaviors related to the agency Safeguarding Policy


Posted in 2023-05-23

Expired in 2023-05-31

This vacancy has been closed

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