Army Picks Developer for Ft Campbell Solar Project

first_imgThe Army selected Baltimore, Md.-based Bithenergy to construct a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky., the first step in a process expected to culminate in a contract award, officials announced Wednesday.The Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville picked the firm from its multiple award task order contract’s (MATOC) small business solar pool. The Army plans to award Bithenergy a 27-year power purchase agreement for the solar photovoltaic array to be built on 25 acres at the post that had been used as a landfill, according to a Corps press release.Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, said the announcement “represents a positive milestone for the Army in that this demonstrates installation-level ability to utilize the MATOC.”The project is the second phase of a 5-megawatt solar array. In May, Fort Campbell broke ground on an initial 1.9-megawatt portion of the array that is being carried out through a 10-year utility energy services contract with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. and a $3 million energy efficiency/renewable energy grant from the state of Kentucky.Fort Campbell received an additional $800,000 Department of Energy grant that will be awarded to Bithenergy when it formally receives the task order.  Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img

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