Defense agency seeks renewable energy for Texas Army base

The U.S. Defense Logistics Agency plans a Nov. 6 pre-proposal event at Fort Hood in Texas as it seeks offers for renewable energy for this U.S. Army base.

The minimum annual requirement will be for 250 GWh of renewable energy and all associated Environmental Attributes consisting of a combination of: a minimum of 30 GWh of electricity generated from a solar photovoltaic renewable energy generation system located on U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood, connected behind the meter, and owned and operated by the contractor; and electricity generated from a wind system that is constructed for the purpose of this solicitation on private property and delivered to Fort Hood meters through the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

The period of performance will not exceed 30 years. The awarded contract will be a firm-fixed price requirements-type contract and the balance of any energy requirements above the offered renewable level will be conventionally generated and supplied electricity from the contractor. The offer deadline is Dec. 17. Registration for the Nov. 6 pre-proposal event should be submitted no later than Oct. 31.

Fort Hood is located in Central Texas, approximately 60 miles north of Austin and 60 miles south of Waco. The installation covers approximately 340 square miles in Killeen. The solar site would be constructed within an area measuring approximately 266 acres in size. The offsite wind facility purchase will occur through the ERCOT grid.

“The Government seeks a Contractor to meet 100% of Fort Hood’s electrical energy requirements at Fort Hood’s Main, West Fort Hood, and Clarke Road substation meters,” said an Oct. 17 solicitation. “In order of priority, energy shall be supplied from an on-site solar [Renewable Energy Generation System], an off-site wind REGS, and conventionally generated electricity, to the extent necessary, to meet demand at those substation meters. The Installation reserves the right to implement distributed generation projects in the future that may displace electrical power purchased.”

This procurement consists of four transactions: a land lease for up to 266 acres, granted by the Army to the selected contractor for the construction of a solar REGS onsite at Fort Hood; easement for any distribution line and interconnection facilities associated with the solar REGS; up to a 29-year renewable energy purchase; and a series of five year conventional electricity purchases, to be renewed prior to the end of each five five-year period.

A DLA contact is: Brandee Hynson, Email: dlaenergy.rteam@dla.mil, (703) 767-1965.

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