Ameresco, Army dedicate 15-MW solar project in Maryland

Ameresco Inc. (NYSE: AMRC) on June 17 joined U.S. Army leadership and federal, state, and local officials for a ribbon cutting celebration to mark the completion of the 18.6-MW (dc) (15-MW ac) solar facility located at the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Detrick installation in Frederick, Maryland.

The solar project, now operational, is comprised of 59,994 solar panels installed across 67 acres of land throughout Area B at Fort Detrick. The facility is one of the single-largest in the mid-Atlantic region as well as in Maryland. The project is designed to serve about 12% of Fort Detrick’s annual electric load requirements. Fort Detrick will consume all electricity supplied by the facility.

“This project is an excellent example of the extraordinary results we can achieve through collaboration,” said Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy, and Environment. “Renewable energy produced on Army installations increases energy security, which is essential to mission effectiveness.”

Ameresco designed, built, owns, operates and will maintain the large-scale 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 below current and projected utility rates.

“Ameresco is honored to be a renewable energy partner to the U.S. Army and Fort Detrick through this long-term solar energy initiative, and we applaud 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, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Federal Solutions, Ameresco. “We are very proud to support the Army’s goal of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025 through this partnership at Fort Detrick.”

The new Ameresco solar facility is designed to be micro-grid compatible and will support the base in meeting its energy and sustainability goals. Fort Detrick has a mandate to continue biological research and is the world’s leading research campus for biological agents that require special containment.

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. With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom.

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