US army adds small businesses to $7 billion renewable energy contract

The U.S. Army has awarded the final round of solar technology contracts that will support a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production for Department of Defense installations.

The U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama, established the $7 billion Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) primarily to use for power purchase agreements involving renewable or alternative energy projects greater than 10 MW.

The contracts will support the Army’s achievement of its congressionally mandated energy goal of 25% production of energy from renewable sources by 2025 and improving installation energy security and sustainability.

The latest contract adds 11 small businesses to the pool of qualified contractors that will be eligible to bid on future solar technology project task orders.

Companies receiving contracts are:

  • Bay Electric Co., Inc., Newport News, Virginia
  • BITH ENERGY, Inc., Baltimore, Maryland
  • Bright Light Federal LLC, Littleton, Colorado
  • Ecoplexus, San Francisco, California
  • Essex Construction, LLC, Upper Marlboro, Maryland
  • Indian Energy LLC, Newport Beach, California
  • Infinity Development Partners, LLC, New Braunfels, Texas
  • Legatus6 LLC, Chevy Chase, Maryland
  • Scatec Solar North America, Inc., Sausalito, California
  • SunLight General Capital LLC, New York, New York
  • Third Sun Solar, LLC, Athens, Ohio

The MATOC now includes 49 solar technology companies, 15 biomass technologies, six geothermal technologies and 20 wind technologies.

The latest round of MATOC awards is in line with the original 2012 request for proposal (RFP) that allowed for immediate awards to firms within the competitive range and additional awards to firms that qualified after further evaluation by the government.

The MATOC involves third-party financed renewable energy acquisitions and involves no Army capital or Military Construction appropriation. The Army only purchases the power from contractors who own, operate or maintain the generating assets. The MATOC’s total estimated value of $7 billion refers to the total dollar value of energy available for purchase under all PPA task orders for their entire term (up to 30 years).

As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed and validated by the EITF, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, will issue a competitive task order RFP to the pre-qualified MATOC companies for the specific technologies. Task orders will specify the type and amount of energy to be supplied to the Army installation or other federal user as well as other pertinent information for the developer to prepare a response that meets the government’s requirements.