Army Corps lines up qualified solar companies for future projects

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Aug. 28 that it has awarded Multiple Award Task Order Contracts (MATOC) to a group of 22 qualified solar technology contractors.

Solar is the second of four technologies being awarded under the $7bn Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production program for U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) installations. The first, geothermal, was awarded May 3. The remaining technologies – wind and biomass – will be awarded separately by the end of the calendar year.

The contractors that are qualified through this process will be able to compete for future projects within their approved technology area for any renewable energy task order issued under the MATOC by the Army or the DoD.

“The MATOC represents a major step forward in the procurement of renewable energy for the Army and the other Services that will significantly reduce timelines by streamlining acquisition processes. Utilizing the MATOC in this way will assist the EITF in meeting the Army’s goal for one gigawatt renewable energy by 2025 as well as additional Congressional mandates,” said John Lushetsky, EITF’s Executive Director

This MATOC will be used to procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy for DoD installations through power purchase agreements (PPA). The $7bn capacity will be expended for PPAs to procure energy during a period of up to 30 years from renewable energy generation systems that are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by contractors using private sector financing. 

The companies awarded contracts are:

  • Acciona Energy North America, Chicago, Ill.
  • Apex Wind Energy Holdings LLC, Charlottesville, Va.
  • Borrego Solar, San Diego, Calif.
  • Cobra Industrial Services, Houston, Texas
  • Dominion Energy, Richmond, Va.
  • Element Power US LLC, Portland, Ore.
  • Emerald Infrastructure, San Antonio, Texas
  • Enel Green Power North America, Andover, Mass.
  • Energy Matters LLC, Arlington, Va.
  • Gehrlicher Solar America, Springfield, N.J.
  • Johnson Controls Government Systems, Milwaukee, Wis.
  • Lend Lease, Nashville, Tenn.
  • LTC Federal LLC, Detroit, Mich.
  • New Generation Power, Chicago, Ill.
  • NRG Energy, Princeton, N.J.
  • Photon Finance LLC-SunPower, Mountain View, Calif.
  • Siemens Government Technologies, Arlington, Va.
  • Silverado Power LLC, San Francisco, Calif.
  • Solar Power Ventures, Arlington, Va.
  • Standard Solar, Rockville, Md.
  • Sunpower Corp., Richmond, Calif.
  • Washington Gas Energy Systems, McLean, Va. 

Huntsville Center, working on behalf of the Corps with the Army’s EITF, issued the Request for Proposal for the $7 billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production for DoD Installations MATOC in August 2012.

These contracts will place the Army one step closer to meeting its congressionally mandated energy goal of 25% production and consumption of energy from renewable sources by 2025 and improving installation energy security and sustainability.

In April 2012, the White House announced the Defense Department was making one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by setting a goal to deploy three GW total of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass or geothermal – on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025. The Army’s goal is one GW of that total.

About Barry Cassell 20414 Articles
Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.