Army awards contract for solar project at Fort Campbell in Kentucky

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, working with the U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Campbell, Kentucky, has awarded a $15 million contract to BITHENERGY Inc. for a 3.1-MW solar array that will complete the installation’s state grant requirement for a 5-MW solar array.

The contract, also known as a Renewable Energy Service Agreement (RESA), is the first small scale contract awarded against Huntsville Center’s Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) Program Multiple Award Task Order Contract, said the Army in a July 7 statement.

The 27-year RESA for the 3.1-MW array is phase two of Fort Campbell’s 5-MW solar array, which will be the largest Army solar array in Kentucky. Construction is expected to be complete in October.

The RESA is being funded through third-party financing and an $800,000 grant provided by the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management Program.

Phase one, completed in September 2015, is a 1.9-MW portion of the array being executed through a 10-year Utility Energy Services Contract (UESC) with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and a $3.1 million Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy grant from the state of Kentucky.

Through the RESA, the Army will purchase and consume the energy that is produced at the on-site renewable energy generation facility. The contractor will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities on 25 acres of land leased from Fort Campbell during the entire contract period of performance.

“This project truly showcases how the Army can be innovative and effectively leverage the energy tool box to meet an installation’s renewable, security and resiliency needs,” said Paul Robinson, chief of Huntsville Center’s Energy Division.

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