U.S. Army in search of solar partner for 20 MW project

The U.S. Army is looking for a solar industry partner to develop a large scale 20 MW project at a military base in Arizona.

The U.S. Army will decide on a PV operator in the coming months to finance, build and operate the PV plant, which would supply the military with energy for up to 30 years.

The U.S. government is currently conducting market research in order to determine which companies would qualify for the project, to be built at Fort Huachuca in Cochise County, located in southeastern Arizona.

The U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center (USACE-HNC) and the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF), which implements large-scale renewable energy projects for U.S. Army installations, announced the project last week.

The U.S. Army intends to procure electrical power from the PV generation facility with a peak capacity of approximately 20 MW. The EITF said the government will only purchase the energy generated by the PV plant and not the generation assets themselves.

The USACE-HNC will issue a request for proposal solicitation in the coming months as part of a competitive selection process to find a third party developer to finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the PV system. The government is looking to sign a contract with the selected developer to purchase the energy for up to 30 years.