An industry day held last week for the development of a solar energy facility capable of generating up to 18,000 megawatt hours annually at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., attracted 23 of the 49 firms pre-qualified under the Army’s $7 billion multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC).
The project — developed by the arsenal’s Directorate of Public Works, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force and the Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville — represents the first power purchase agreement developed under the MATOC.
Army leaders at the event underscored the importance of the project, which would provide a renewable energy source for up to 30 years for 55 major tenants at Redstone.
“We look at renewable energy as a means to secure energy for our installations,” said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary for energy and sustainability. “But we are not doing these projects for politically motivated reasons or because of the mandate. We are doing them for mission effectiveness,” he said.
“The Army is absolutely committed to renewable energy for the long term. Renewable energy will be part of what the Army does from now on both tactically and at its installations,” Kidd stated, reported the Engineering and Support Center.
“This is incredibly important for the Army’s and Redstone Arsenal’s future,” said Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion, senior commander of Redstone Arsenal and deputy commander of Army Materiel Command. “We are all in for finding better ways to reduce requirements for energy and for using renewable sources for that energy that also provide better energy security over traditional energy sources,” she said.
Officials issued a request for proposals for the Redstone Arsenal project task order on July 29. The RFP is anticipated to close this fall and a notice of intent to award is expected to be announced in early 2015. A groundbreaking at the arsenal is anticipated to take place in the summer of 2016, according to an Army fact sheet.