Contracting Opportunities

The DCSEU is committed to working with District businesses to help residents and business save money and energy. Throughout each Fiscal Year, which begins October 1 and ends September 30, the DCSEU releases Requests for Proposals (RFPs), Requests for Qualifications (RFQs), and Invitations to Bid (ITBs) for contracting opportunities. See below for current opportunities and check back often for updates.


Pay for Performance Pilot

The DCSEU is seeking experienced energy efficiency Service Providers with the capacity and technical capability to demonstrate and prove transparent, persistent energy savings. Once approved, Service Providers will be included in a list of “DCSEU’s Participating Pay for Performance Partners.” This list will be provided to DCSEU’s customers for their consideration while undertaking energy efficiency efforts.

Submitting your response

Respondents may submit proposals at any time during the fiscal year. Applications will be reviewed quarterly or on a case by case basis as resources are available. All responses to the following must be submitted electronically to with “RFQ-DCSEU-2019–P4PX Response” in the subject line.

FY19 Negotiated Cooperative Promotions for Manufacturer-Retailer and Manufacturer-Turnkey Lighting Promotions

The DCSEU has released a Request for Proposals for our Retail Lighting Program for the promotion period October 1, 2018 – September 30, 2019. Manufacturers are encouraged to submit proposals for stores located within all 8 Wards in the District of Columbia.

Submitting your response

Please complete one workbook per store and send back to by Friday, August 24, 2018 at 5:00 PM EST.

Proposals will be reviewed as they are received. We have reserved funding for new MOU proposals that are submitted by the deadline. Manufacturers who submit proposals before the deadline will not have an advantage in funding allocation, rather the DCSEU may be able to draft the MOU sooner to allow the manufacturer more time to obtain signatures and to plan for the MOU to launch as early as possible.

FY 2019 Potential Service Providers

The DCSEU has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) seeking Service Providers to potentially provide the DCSEU with service(s) for one or more of the following functional categories of work during Fiscal Year 2019*:

  1. Commercial and Institutional (C&I)
  2. Income Qualified Multifamily (Please submit an application by 9/5/18 for priority consideration)
  3. Single Family Weatherization (Please submit an application by 9/5/18 for priority consideration)
  4. Inspection Services (Please submit an application by 9/5/18 for priority consideration)
  5. Energy Kits
  6. Marketing
  7. Workforce Development
  8. Emergency HVAC

Submitting your response

Responses must be submitted electronically via the DCSEU Contractor Web Portal at

In order to submit to the web portal, please request a username by filling out the web form.

Responses will be accepted on a rolling basis.

If you have any questions about submitting your response, please call toll-free 202-677-4854. In addition, the financial solvency documents stated in Section VI, must be hand delivered or sent via certified mail, signature required to DC Sustainable Energy Utility, 80 M Street SE, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20003 and received by the DCSEU before a review of the submittal can take place.

*Contracts awarded in FY 2019 through this RFQ do not guarantee work.

Instant Business Rebates Request For Proposals

The DCSEU is seeking lighting distributors to submit proposals to offer reduced price qualified products at the time of purchase through prescribed incentives provided to qualified distributors by the DCSEU.

Respondents must follow exactly, and be responsive to, all information requested. It is the respondent's responsibility to provide all specified materials in the required form and format. Interested Service Providers who meet the following criteria listed below must request a Participating Distributor Agreement by emailing and copying Christian Placencia, Program Manager at

  • Name of business, contact person, and contact information
  • Evidence of CBE (SBE) status, if applicable
  • Licenses
  • Disclosure of any pertinent litigation

Distributors must be:

  1. Manufacturer-authorized to stock and sell Qualifying Equipment for resale to customers located in the District of Columbia; and
  2. Maintain a storefront either within the District of Columbia OR within 20 miles of Washington, DC.

Residential Heating and Cooling Participating Contractors

HVAC Contractors that are licensed in Washington, DC are welcome to apply to be a Participating Contractor. Contractors must be a Participating Contractor in order to offer the DCSEU Residential Heating, Cooling, and Water Heating rebates to their DC residential customers. Interested contractors should email and submit the following documents. Proposals accepted on a rolling basis.

  • Master Gas Fitting and Plumbing license to offer Heating and Water Heating rebates
  • Refrigeration/AC license to offer Cooling rebates

The DCSEU will review licenses, and then request the following documents from contractors:

  • Signed copy of DCSEU Contractor Participation Agreement 
  • Signed copy of DCSEU General Confidentiality Guidelines Memo
  • Certificate(s) of Insurance 
  • W-9
  • Vendor Intake Form

Please allow 3 business days for documents to be reviewed. Only HVAC equipment installed after the date contractors are enrolled as a DCSEU Participating Contractor is eligible for rebates.