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Notice of Funding Availability - A Characterization Study of Direct Geothermal Resource Potential for Ground Source Heat Pump Technologies

Friday, October 20, 2017

DOEE seeks eligible entities to receive an analysis of the potential use of geothermal resources in the District for thermal storage and energy in conjunction with on-site generation of solar energy to develop net-zero energy buildings. The analysis should include a technical, economic, and implementability evaluation of how Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHPs) paired with solar systems can be used to address heating and cooling needs across the District, including identification of buildings or neighborhoods with a high net-zero energy potential using solar and GSHPs. There will also be an evaluation of the policy frameworks that enable and/or hinder the use of geothermal resources. The amount available for the project is approximately $70,000. The deadline for application submissions is January 12, 2018 at 4:30pm.

A person may obtain a copy of this RFA by any of the following means:

Download from the attachments below.

Email a request to [email protected] with “Request copy of RFA 2018-1718-EA” in the subject line.

Pick up a copy in person from the Department’s reception desk, located at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002. To make an appointment, call Edward Yim at (202) 299-3339 and mention this RFA by name.

Write DOEE at 1200 First Street NE, 5th Floor, Washington, DC 20002, “Attn: Edward Yim RE:2018-1718-EA” on the outside of the envelope.


The following entities may apply for these grants:

  • Nonprofit organizations, including those with IRS 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) determinations
  • Universities/educational institutions
  • Private Enterprises

For additional information regarding this RFA, write to: [email protected].

Questions and Answers

Q1: Can we include fee in our proposed budget, or just labor, fringe, and G&A?
A1: See page 10 of the RFA for typical allowable costs.

Q2: Is there a match requirement for this grant?
A2:See Section 4.2 of the RFA for more information on matching requirements.

Q3: Are points offered for the local entities applying for this grant?
A3: See the scoring rubric in Section 7 of the RFA.

Q4: The RFA says to “Limit each project description to 10 double-spaced pages.” Does this mean double sided, i.e., printed on both sides of the page?

A4: Yes, please submit applications that have text on both sides of the page.


Q5: Does the 10-page limit refer to the project description only?

A5: The page limit applies to all written aspects of the proposal.


Q6: Does the information on the applicant (item (d) in the RFA) need to be included within the 10 page project description?

A6: Yes.


Q7: The RFA asks us to “Organize this 10-page [project description] section of your application in accordance with the scoring rubric of section 7 of this RFA.” Do all of the items under the scoring criteria in the table on Pages 22 and 23 (including information about the capacity and personnel of the applicant’s organization) need to be addressed in this section?

A7: Yes

Q8: Which relevant data can the grantee could access from DOEE for the study?

A8: The successful applicant will be allowed access to lithological boring logs that may be useful for determining the geology in various parts of the District. Many boring logs, such as those from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) were used to obtain detailed geotechnical information where WMATA proposed to construct Metro tunnels. The logs are contained in a large number of geotechnical reports for each tunnel alignment and only are available in hardcopy format.

Another set of boring logs are linked to geotechnical and environmental investigations to support the DC Water Long-Term Control Plan. Many logs are contained in Environmental Data Reports for the different segments or divisions where tunnels potentially would be constructed. As with the WMATA geotechnical reports, these documents are primarily in hardcopy format although some are available electronically.

Geological information about the District also is available from USGS reports. Recent reports are available online at the USGS website.

The successful applicant also can review boring logs from multiple sources including well permits, environmental investigations and studies. As the boring logs were created for different purposes and may be in response to regulatory oversight from different programs within DOEE or the Federal Government, the information will be highly variable. In most instances, the logs will be contained in document files that are linked to specific addresses. Records may be electronic or hardcopy.