• Army Awards $15M Contract for Ft. Campbell Array

    Army Awards $15M Contract for Ft. Campbell Array0

    The Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville last week reached agreement with Baltimore, Md.-based Bithenergy on a $15 million renewable energy service agreement to build and operate a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky. The agreement marks the first small-scale contract awarded against the Huntsville Center’s renewable energy multiple-award task order contract. The 27-year RESA, which covers the second phase of a 5-megawatt array being built at Fort Campbell, is being funded through third-party financing and an $800,000 grant provided by the Energy Department’s Federal Energy Management Program …

  • Renewables Support Army’s Energy Security Goals

    Renewables Support Army’s Energy Security Goals0

    The Army office responsible for implementing large-scale renewable energy projects will expand its efforts on energy security projects, Mike McGhee, executive director of the Office of Energy Initiatives, said during a visit earlier this month to the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville. “With energy security you need renewable energy as a generating asset but you also need to couple that with a storage component and a microgrid component,” said McGhee, reported Army Corps of Engineers Public Affairs. “What we’re talking with the folks at Huntsville Center about today is how we can fulfill that larger expansion into complete energy security so there is definitely more opportunity with Huntsville Center and our office to work together on projects into the future …

  • Local Utility to Develop 10MW Solar Farm at Alabama Depot

    Local Utility to Develop 10MW Solar Farm at Alabama Depot0

    Alabama Power Co. will develop a 10-megawatt alternating current solar farm at Anniston Army Depot in northeastern Alabama, the Army announced last week. The Army and Alabama Power will enter into a 30-year easement for up to 90 acres at the depot, according to an Army fact sheet. The depot will continue to procure power from the utility through an existing General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide contract. Alabama Power will deliver energy generated by the array to the grid. The project is a collaboration involving the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, the depot, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command, GSA and the utility …

  • DLA Signs Deal with Apex for 66MW Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood

    DLA Signs Deal with Apex for 66MW Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood0

    Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, last week signed a 28-year power purchase agreement with Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a hybrid, renewable energy project relying on an onsite solar system at Fort Hood and an offsite wind farm located 350 miles away from the central Texas post. The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle. The project will begin providing energy to Fort Hood in 2017 …

  • Former Air Force Official to Head Army Effort to Develop Large-Scale Renewable Projects

    Former Air Force Official to Head Army Effort to Develop Large-Scale Renewable Projects0

    Michael McGhee, who had been a senior official in the Air Force’s energy and environment office for the past decade, has been named executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI). OEI serves as the service’s central management office for partnering with Army installations to implement privately financed, large-scale renewable energy projects, 10 megawatts or greater. The office was formally established in October 2014 after a predecessor organization was launched in 2011. McGhee replaces Amanda Simpson, who led the office since January 2014 …

  • Ft. Detrick Array to Help Post Meet Net Zero Target0

    Leadership from the military, local officials and a Framingham, Mass.-based energy developer broke ground at Fort Detrick earlier this month on an estimated $35 million, 18.6-megawatt solar array. The project, which calls for the installation of 60,000 solar panels on 67 acres, will help the Frederick, Md., installation take a significant step toward reaching its net zero goals for energy. “We made a commitment to be a net zero community for energy,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Lein, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick …