The US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., hosted a pre-proposal conference for companies interested in building and operating a combined heat and power (CHP) renewable energy project on Redstone Arsenal, AL.com reports. Representatives from 40 companies attended the conference.
The Engineering and Support Center issued a request for proposals for the project on October 24. The successful bidding contractor will design, build and operate a biomass-fueled steam plant that will generate a minimum of 25 MW of electric power for the arsenal. Annual power generation could exceed 160,000 MWh. The Army will buy the energy produced by the plant under a 30-year power purchase agreement (PPA).
The Engineering and Support Center is managing the opportunity in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI). The project will bring the Army closer to its commitment to deploy 1 GW of renewable energy generation by 2025.
This contract will support the OEI in its efforts to plan and execute a cost-effective portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects on Army installations by leveraging private sector financing. The Army’s development of large-scale renewable energy projects will help enhance energy security and temper rising energy costs while supporting the Department of Defense’s energy goals.
The Army has set a proposal due date of January 7, 2015, AL.com reports. The contract award is tentatively set for summer 2015.
Photo: Aerial view of Redstone Arsenal.