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The US Department of Defense (DoD) has awarded US$7 billion of contracts to 22 companies for the right to develop and sell solar energy to the US Army.

The winning companies include Gehrlicher US, Siemens and Sunpower.

Once projects are developed it is understood winning companies will bid against eachother to supply solar power with the remainder of the ring-fenced US$7 billion available for purchasing.

The “multiple-vendor, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, non-option, non-multi-year contracts” are specifically to be used for solar power.

The projects will be developed on land owned or under the jurisdiction of the DoD.

According to a statement on the DoD website, 114 bids were received for the original tender.

The 22 firms selected are:

Acciona Energy North America Corp
Apex Wind Energy Holdings
Borrego Solar
Cobra Industrial Services
Dominion Energy
Element Power US
Emerald Infrastructure
Enel Green Power North America
Energy Matters
Gehrlicher Solar America Corporation
Johnson Controls Government Systems
Lend Lease
LTC Federal
New Generation Power
NRG Energy
Photon Finance
Siemens Government Technologies
Silverado Power
Solar Power Ventures
Standard Solar
Sunpower Corporation
Washington Gas Energy Systems