Ameresco to build solar project in Maryland to serve the U.S. Army

Ameresco Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) announced April 30 that the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in coordination with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick, awarded a contract to Ameresco for a 18.6-MW (dc) (15-MW ac) solar facility to be located at the Fort Detrick Army installation in Frederick, Maryland.

“Ameresco is very proud to be a renewable energy partner to the U.S. Army and Fort Detrick through this long-term partnership for solar energy,” said George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameresco. “This 18.6 megawatt solar project, once constructed, will be one of the single-largest solar facilities in the mid-Atlantic region and one of the largest in Maryland.”

Under the contract, Ameresco will build, own, operate and maintain this solar facility, and Fort Detrick will purchase the renewable electricity from Ameresco through a 25-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Fort Detrick will have the economic benefit of purchasing the renewable electricity at or below current and projected utility rates. All electricity from the solar facility will be consumed by Fort Detrick.

Ameresco will begin construction on the project this summer and it is planned to be operational by March 2016. More than 60,000 solar panels will be installed throughout 67 acres of Area B at Fort Detrick. Once operational, the facility is designed to serve 12% of Fort Detrick’s total annual electric load requirements.

“Ameresco applauds the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and Defense Logistics Agency Energy for their outstanding leadership in supporting this large-scale renewable energy project,” said Nicole A. Bulgarino, Vice President and General Manager, Federal Solutions, Ameresco. “We are proud to support the Army’s goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025 through this partnership at Fort Detrick.”

Recently, Ameresco participated in a groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Detrick alongside Army leaders and federal and state officials. Fort Detrick is a pilot net-zero installation with a goal of being net-zero energy by 2020. The new Ameresco solar facility is designed to be micro-grid compatible and will support the base in meeting its energy and sustainability goals.

Founded in 2000, Ameresco is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, Mass., Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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