A market survey is being conducted to determine if there are adequate Small Business, SBA certified HUBZone, SBA-certified 8(a), Women-Owned, or Service Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) contractors available for a proposed project who meet the specific criteria outlined below.

This is a SOURCES SOUGHT NOTICE ONLY. This is not a solicitation Announcement or Request for Quote. It does not constitute any commitment by the Government. No award will result from this notice. The purpose is to conduct market research to gain knowledge of potentially qualified sources and to determine the capability of Small Business and/or Large Business companies to provide the supplies/services described below. Responses to this Sources Sought Notice will be used by the Government to make an appropriate acquisition decision. Department of Agriculture (ARS) requests responses from ALL socioeconomic categories in order to gain a more complete understanding of the market for these products and service.

The USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) will not award a contract on the basis of responses or pay for the preparation of any information submitted. Respondents will not be notified of the results of this notice. After completing an analysis of the responses, the Government will determine whether to limit competition to 8(a), HUBZone, SDVOSB, Women-Owned, or other small business firms, or to proceed with issuing an unrestricted solicitation, inviting full and open competition.

The NAICS code for the expected acquisition is 335122, with a Size Standard of 500 employees and the PSC Code is 6240. Any subsequent procurement will be conducted as a commercial item purchased in accordance with FAR Part 12 and as a Simplified Acquisition Procedure in accordance with FAR Part 13.

The Department of Agriculture (ARS) has the need for the following products and services:

001) LED Greenhouse Lighting

Scope of Work:

The USDA-ARS Vegetable Crop Research Unit (VCRU) Potato Genebank in Sturgeon Bay, WI is seeking sources for a LED greenhouse lighting.


Almost all of our greenhouses are currently being illuminated with traditional metal halide lights and we are looking to transition into a more eco-friendlier lighting source.  LED lights are over 60% more energy efficient than traditional lights. Not only do they emit less heat, they also provide more usable light at a lower cost than what last century's lights offered.  We have tested the LED lighting in one of our greenhouses and have seen a more rapid plant response from seed to flower and a 20% increase in botanical seed production compared to traditional lighting.

Technical Requirements:

We request the following technical specifications be met for the LED greenhouse lights.

  • Input Power / Voltage: 330W / 100-277V
  • Energy Use Per Day @ $0.15/kWh: Flower (12 hours on): $0.59 per day and Veg (18 hours on): $0.89 per day
  • Amperage: 2.75A @ 120V / 1.375 @ 240V
  • Dimming: 0-10V – Dimmer and Daisy Chain Kit Included
  • Heat BTU Generated:       1,125.3 BTU
  • Spectrum: GS3 Wideband Spectrum – Continuous 400nm – 780nm response
  • Human Eye Appearance: 2300K & 91 CRI
  • Diode Count: 864 Diodes
  • Photon Efficiency [300nm-780nm]: 2.47 Umol/J*
  • Fixture Dimensions / Weight:      36L x 12W x 2.4H in / 22lbs
  • Power Cord Length & Type: 10′ Cord – C14 Socket – Compatible with C13 Plugs and Adapters (Standard Power Cords)
  • Flowering Hang Distance / Coverage: 18” / 2’x4’ -2.5’x5′ area
  • Vegetative Hang Distance / Coverage: 36” / 3’x6’ – 3.5×7′ area
  • Warranty: 3 Years Full
  • Expected Fixture Lifetime: 70,000+ Hours [11.4 yrs flower / 7.6 yrs veg]

Name brand or equal: Electric Sky 300 V3 or Equivalent

No instillation is required and price of instillation should not be quoted on or factored into product unit price. Government employees will be performing the instillation.

Key Deliverables:

  • LED Greenhouse Lights; Qty: 30
  • Delivery


Deliveries should be made to USDA-ARS VCRU Potato Genebank located at 4312 Hwy 42, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 by or before December 31, 2021. Deliveries can be accepted Monday thru Friday from 7:00am to 4:30pm (excluding holidays).

The vendor shall provide all items F.O.B: destination. Location of the Government site is aboard USDA-ARS East Lansing, MI and will be identified in the contract. The Government anticipates award of a Firm Fixed Price contract.

Capability Statement:

Companies who have the experience, as well as an interest in doing business with ARS, should submit a Capabilities Statement which, for this notice, is not expected to be a proposal, but rather short statements regarding the company’s ability to demonstrate their expertise and experience in relation to the areas specified in this notice.

Companies should also indicate whether they are a Small Business, SBA-certified HUBZone, SBA-certified 8(a), SDVOSB, or Women-Owned Small Business.

To be eligible, all vendors must be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) with a current and active registration. A DUNS (Dun and Bradstreet) number is required in order to register in SAM. A vendor can contact SAM by calling 1-866-606-8220 or e-mail at www.sam.gov. NO EXCEPTIONS. Vendor must include their DUNS# on their capability statements.

Finally, to be eligible, all vendors must be NDAA 889 Certified. If they do not currently have a NDAA 889 Certification, then they must complete the attached NDAA 889 Certification form and submit it to aaron.dimeo@usda.gov so that they can be added to the list of NDAA 889 Certified vendors.

Submitting a Capability Statements:

Responses should be submitted via email to aaron.dimeo@usda.gov by Monday, September 13, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. CST. Telephone inquiries will not be accepted.


This notice does not obligate the Government to award a contract or otherwise pay for the information provided in response. The Government reserves the right to use information provided by respondents for any purpose deemed necessary and legally appropriate. Respondents are also advised that under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of information or provide feedback about any of the information received.  After review of the responses received, the Government may issue a pre-solicitation synopsis and solicitation. No proprietary, sensitive, confidential or classified information shall be included with your response. The Government reserves the right to use any non-proprietary technical information in any resultant solicitation.