US Army short-lists 20 for RE bidding

The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has prequalified 20 more companies to bid on upcoming turnkey contracts for supply of solar, wind and biomass power to participating facilities nationwide.

There are now 79 prequalified companies: USACE previously awarded 58 contracts: solar 22, wind 17, biomass 13, and geothermal six.

USACE spokeswoman Debra Valine tells Recharge that tenders for initial projects will be called in the next several months.

USACE’s Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), did the prequalification selection as part of the service’s $7bn Multiple Award Task order Contract (MATOC) programme.

"We are adding these additional companies to those already in the technology pools to ensure we have enough pre-qualified companies ready to submit proposals on task orders as they come up," says Colonel Robert Ruch, commander, Huntsville Center. 

"Huntsville Center is doing everything we can to ensure task orders for future projects will be awarded as quickly as possible," he adds.

Each military service has committed to procuring and producing 1GW of renewable energy at their permanent installations (and/or on 65,000sq km of military land opened for development). The Army expects to meet this goal by 2025.

The Army will not own generation assets, but will instead sign power-purchase agreements for projects that are “designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by private sector entities”.

As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed and validated, Huntsville Center will issue a competitive task order Request for Proposal to the pre-qualified MATOC companies for the specific technologies.

The latest prequalified companies are:

Solar:  Ameresco; Chevron Energy Solutions; Constellation NewEnergy; Distributed Sun; EDF Renewable Energy; Energy Ventures; First Solar Development; FLS Energy; ABM Government Services: RE IndependenceCO; SunEdison Government Solutions; SunEdison; SunWize Technologies; TransGen Energy; Victory Renewables;

Wind: Ameresco; M. Arthur Gensler, Jr. & Associates; Infigen Energy.

Biomass: Ameresco and Wheelabrator Technologies.