The Army, on Friday November 29, announced a notice of intent to award a contract to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, in Frederick, Maryland. This action will help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The selected contractor is Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), through its Environmental Energy Technologies Division, provided essential technical services, over a span of two years, to make this project happen. Supported by the Federal Energy Management Program, Berkeley Lab renewable power expert Gerald Robinson provided the Army, Fort Detrick staff, its Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), its contracting service Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), with help on:
The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs. Ameresco will finance, design, build, operate, own, and maintain the production facilities at Fort Detrick, under the terms of the Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), which Berkeley Lab helped the Army to negotiate.
The notice of intent to award issued by the Defense Logistics Agency Energy does not constitute a formal contract award, but brings the project closer to contract award and groundbreaking. Before the Army formally awards Ameresco a contract, the two parties need to complete additional actions.