The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, said April 28 that it has awarded a contract to SunPower Corp. for a solar facility on Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, expected to annually generate about 18,000 megawatt hours (MWh) of on-site renewable energy.
SunPower received a notice of intent to award on Dec. 4, 2014. Since that time, SunPower and the Army project team have been working to finalize the technical and legal requirements of the project.
The arsenal has identified approximately 66 acres for the project. The project is expected to be operational by December 2016. The project will involve a 27-year Renewable Energy Services Agreement and lease with SunPower.
All electricity from the solar photovoltaic (PV) facility will be purchased at a cost equal to or less than current power costs and consumed entirely by Redstone Arsenal. The solar PV system will also be designed as micro-grid ready so it may be connected to a future micro-grid and thereby contribute to the overall energy security of the installation.
Under the PPA, the Army will only purchase the energy that is produced at the on-site solar energy generation facility; no generation assets will be acquired. The selected contractor will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities during the entire period of the contract.