Competition for Ft. Detrick Solar Array Prompts Significant Response
A solicitation from the Army’s Energy Initiatives Task Force to build a 15-megawatt solar plant at Fort Detrick, Md., generated about 100 inquiries and pushed the deadline to respond to the request for proposals back one month to March 28.
“This is the first RFP project that’s put out by the Energy Initiatives Task Force,” Army spokesman Dave Foster told the Frederick News Post. “They want to be sure they get it right.”
The Army anticipates naming a winning bidder this fall, with construction completed six to nine months later. The 80-acre project could shave Detrick’s consumption of energy from the grid by as much as 10 percent while increasing its energy security.
Other posts at the front of the line to get large renewable energy projects include Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Irwin, Calif.; Schofield Barracks, Hawaii; and Fort Drum, N.Y.