Juhl wins US Army turbine contract

Juhl Energy says it has won a $5.5m turnkey contract with two partners from the US Army Corps of Engineers for a 1.5MW to 2MW wind turbine at the Tooele Army Depot near Salt Lake City, Utah.

“This contract award underscores the US Army's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint and enhancing energy security," says Corey Juhl, vice president of development for Minnesota-based Juhl.

The Tooele Army Depot project will break ground in the fourth quarter or early 2015.  When completed, it will provide electricity for 400 to 500 homes.

Juhl will act as lead design, and installation developer and subcontractor. Its partners are Aegis Renewable Energy based in Vermont and Icenogle Construction Management of California.

The Tooele Army Depot supports warfighter readiness through receipt, storage, issue, demilitarization and renovation of conventional ammunition. It also handles the design, manufacture, fielding and maintenance of ammunition peculiar equipment for the Army, Air Force and Navy facilities in the western United States and much of the Pacific Rim.

All three military services have each committed to procuring and producing 1GW of renewable energy at their permanent installations (and/or on 65,000 sq km of military land opened for development).

The Army expects to meet this goal by 2025 in part, by adding utility-scale wind turbines at certain facilities.