The Army on Friday selected Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) facility at Fort Detrick, a move intended to help the service meet its goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025.
The post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current electricity costs, according to the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF). The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid.
Ameresco will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities at the installation located in Frederick, Md.
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, according to EITF.
“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.”