The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) proposes to utilise a portion of resources from the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean (CSES-C) Fund and the Sustainable Energy for the Eastern Caribbean (SEEC) Programme (funded by CDB, European Union-Caribbean Investment Facility and the Department for International Development) which are being managed by the Bank, to fund consulting services.
CDB intends to apply a portion of the resources to eligible payments under a contract for which this invitation is issued. Payments shall not be made to persons or entities, or for any import of goods, if such payment or import, to the knowledge of CDB, is prohibited by a decision of the United Nations Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations.
The consulting services (“the Services”) involve, the selected Caribbean entity (public or private educational or training institution, organization or firm based in a Borrowing Member Country of CDB) developing and implementing a series of one-week workshops for installation training in grid-tied solar PV systems for: (i) solar PV technicians/installers, and (ii) electrical inspectors. The training will provide hand-on exposure, classroom instructions and prepare participants to successfully take and pass examinations of an internationally recognized industry certification institute/board to be proposed by the Caribbean entity (e.g. North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, NABCEP or equivalent). The Caribbean entity must also be qualified/accredited to administer the certifying examination on behalf of the proposed examination board/institute; or must be capable of fully facilitating the examination on behalf the examination board/institute. One training workshop will be held for selected PV installers/technicians in each of the following CDB Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs): Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St Vincent and the Grenadines. A regional workshop will be held for electrical inspectors.
The consultancy services will be provided as part of an interim short-term strategy being pursued collaboratively between CDB and Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, to address pressing capacity need for certified PV installers and inspectors in the OECS region, while longer term capacity strengthening strategy is being pursued at the CARICOM level. CDB will contract the services of the Consultant and the OECS Commission will coordinate the workshops, manage logistics, and generally provide supervision.
CDB now invites eligible entities (“Consultants”) to indicate their interest in providing the Services.