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August 06, 2014

Army Adds Small Businesses to $7 Billion Renewable Energy Contract

The Army on July 25 awarded the final round of solar technology contracts that will support a $7 billion renewable and alternative energy power production contract for Department of Defense installations. The contracts were awarded under a Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC).

The U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, established the $7 billion MATOC primarily for power purchase agreements involving renewable or alternative energy projects greater than 10 megawatts. The solar contract awards will support the Army’s achievement of its congressionally mandated energy goal of 25% production of energy from renewable sources by 2025, while improving installation energy security and sustainability.

The contract awards add 11 small businesses to the pool of qualified contractors who will be eligible to bid on future individual solar technology project task orders. The MATOC now includes 49 solar technology companies, 15 biomass technologies, six geothermal technologies, and 20 wind technologies.

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 Power Purchase Agreement task orders for their entire term (up to 30 years). As renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed and validated, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, will issue a competitive task order request for proposal to the pre-qualified MATOC companies for the specific technologies. See the Army news release.