Today, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), issued a Notice of Intent to Award letter to Ameresco, Inc. for an 18.6 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, Maryland.
The Notice of Intent to Award does not constitute a formal contract award, although it is considered a major milestone that brings the Fort Detrick project closer to contract award and groundbreaking. Before contract award, the Army and Ameresco, Inc. must accomplish additional actions.
"This is a major milestone for the EITF," said John Lushetsky, EITF Executive Director. "It brings us one step closer to having shovels in the ground at Fort Detrick and one step closer to reaching Army renewable energy goals."
All electricity from the solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will be purchased at a cost equal to or less than current power costs and consumed by Fort Detrick. The solar PV system will also be designed as "micro-grid ready" so that it may be connected to a future micro-grid and thereby contribute to the overall energy security of the installation.
The Fort Detrick project is just one example of how the EITF is strengthening the Army’s energy security and sustainability by developing and executing cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects leveraging private sector financing.
The original RFP, which closed on April 24, 2013, solicited electric power to the Army through a long-term Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) from an approximately 15 megawatt PV facility located on the installation. Under the PPA, the Army will only purchase the energy that is produced; no generation assets will be acquired. The selected contractor will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities. The solar PV devices installed at Fort Detrick will comply with the Buy American Act.
The EITF serves as the central management office for partnering with Army installations to implement cost-effective, large-scale renewable energy projects, leveraging private sector financing. The EITF focuses on renewable and alternative energy projects that are 10 megawatts or greater and located on Army installations in the United States. Since its establishment in 2011, the EITF is helping the Army meet its renewable energy goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025.
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A group of 13 qualified biomass technology contractors were awarded a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF).
Contractors qualified under the MATOC are eligible to compete for future Requests for Proposals on renewable energy projects within the technology area for which they have been pre-qualified. The MATOC will be one of several acquisition vehicles for the Army to award contracts for large-scale renewable energy projects.
The biomass awards complete the first round for each of the four technologies under the MATOC, which also includes geothermal, solar and wind. The pre-qualified biomass technology firms who are awarded contracts for future projects will receive notification from a Contracting Officer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.
"We look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with industry and our defense communities, which will help us remain a strong Army," said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. "We are making this announcement just as we are about to kick off October Energy Awareness = Action Month. During the month, we will recognize our outstanding partnerships with industry, promote energy leadership, uphold examples of innovation and excellence which enhance our mission capabilities, and advance a secure energy future."
The Army awarded New Generation Power Inc. of Chicago, Ill., a geothermal technology, a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) for renewable and alternative energy production for Department of Defense (DoD) installations.
This contract award adds New Generation Power Inc., a small business, to the pool of five other qualified contractors who will be eligible to bid on future individual geothermal technology project task orders. The second round of MATOC awards, is in keeping with the original September 2012 Request For Proposal (RFP) which allowed for immediate awards to firms within the competitive range and additional awards to firms that qualified after further evaluation by the government. This completes the geothermal MATOC awards for now, although the government may choose to allow additional firms to qualify in the future.
The MATOC involves third-party financed renewable energy acquisitions and involves no Army capital or Military Construction appropriation. The Army only purchases the power from contractors who own, operate, or maintain the generating assets. The MATOC’s total estimated value of $7B refers to the total dollar value of energy available for purchase under all Power Purchase Agreements task orders for their entire term (up to 30 years).
As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed and validated, the USACE, Huntsville Center will issue a competitive task order Request for Proposal to the pre-qualified MATOC companies for the specific technologies.
Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), pre-qualified and awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a group of wind technology contractors.
The MATOC is a contract vehicle for the Army and other Services to procure reliable, locally generated, renewable, and alternative energy through Power Purchase Agreements (PPA). Under each PPA, the Army will only purchase the energy that is produced; no generation assets will be acquired. Selected contractors will finance, design, build, operate, own, and maintain the energy plants. The pre-qualified firms will be eligible to compete for future Requests for Proposals on wind technology projects.
The wind sector is the third of the four technologies being awarded under this Renewable Energy MATOC. The geothermal and solar technologies were awarded previously. Awardees will receive a letter from a Contracting Officer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Aug. 27, 2013) – Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a group of 22 qualified solar technology contractors.
Solar is the second of four technologies being awarded under $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for DoD Installations MATOC. The first, geothermal, was awarded May 3. The remaining technologies – wind and biomass – will be awarded on a staggered schedule by the end of the calendar year.
On May 9, 2013, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy (DLA Energy), in close coordination with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), released a Request for Proposal (RFP) to procure solar energy from a photovoltaic Renewable Energy Generation System (REGS) located on Fort Irwin in California. The government estimates the size of the system at 15 megawatts, subject to final specification by the selected developer. The Solicitation, SP0600-13-R-0412, is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities website at www.fbo.gov.
This is an open RFP for Fort Irwin to procure renewable energy through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for up to 25 years. The selected contractor will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the REGS. Under the PPA, the Army will only purchase the energy that is produced; no generation assets will be acquired. All interested companies are encouraged to prepare a response to the solicitation, which closes on August 15, 2013.
A pre-proposal event is planned for June 6, 2013 in Barstow, CA. Details regarding this event will soon be posted on the EITF's web site at www.armyeitf.com. The pre-proposal event will provide attendees with a better understanding of the general procurement process for the project, specific contract considerations and include a tour of the potential project site.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), today awarded the first of its kind Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC). It is the first technology under this contract to support renewable energy on Defense Department installations.
This announcement is for the geothermal technology category, which was the first of the evaluations to be completed. Follow-on awards will be issued in the remaining three technologies – solar, wind and biomass. The awards are being staggered by technology as outlined in Section M of the solicitation. It is expected that all awards will be announced by the end of calendar year 2013. Awardees will receive a letter from the Procuring Contracting Officer at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville.