Project Focus: U.S. Navy to award $200M in contracts to build 40MW of solar PV power plants

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Reddit
Email

The U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) has awarded a $200 million contract to build up as much as 40MW of solar photovoltaic power plants at Navy and Marine Corps installations throughout the southwestern United States.

Five solar development teams were awarded indefinite-quantity contracts to provide power to the Department of the Navy through construction of PV power plants on military land, according to the service. The developers will build, own, operate, and maintain the systems, and sell the power to the Navy and Marine Corps through power purchase agreements.

“The great thing about a PPA contract is that the government buys power from a solar generation system that is financed, owned, and operated by the developer,” said Nate Butler, NAVFAC Southwest Renewable Program Office team leader. “The Navy and Marine Corps get green power with no initial capital investment.”

Five companies will compete for individual projects ranging in size from 1MW to 15MW. Power generated by the solar plants will be used by the base where they are located. The Navy says it has up to five years to award projects under this contract, and each project will provide as much as 30 years of power delivery.

“The award of this multiple award contract is the first step,” said Butler. “These contractors will now have the opportunity to compete for future projects at various bases.”

The quintet of companies that won contract awards are some of the best-established solar developer/integrators in the U.S.: SunEdison, AECOM Energy/Solar Power Partners, SunPower, SunDurance Energy, and the Chevron Energy Solutions division of Chevron.

The first three projects under this contract will be located in California. These projects should be awarded later this spring and to be fully operational within a year, according to the Navy.

The U.S. armed services have been one of the most aggressive federal branches pursuing the deployment of solar and other renewable energies.

In October, the Secretary of the Navy established a goal to produce at least 50% of the Navy’s shore-based energy requirements from RE sources by 2020.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Air Force–which has a 14MW PV plant operating at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada–signed a deal with Fotowatio Renewable Ventures to explore the development of a solar farm up to 500MW in installed capacity in the desert near Edwards AFB east of Los Angeles.

This article requires Premium SubscriptionBasic (FREE) Subscription

Unlock unlimited access for 12 whole months of distinctive global analysis

Photovoltaics International is now included.

  • Regular insight and analysis of the industry’s biggest developments
  • In-depth interviews with the industry’s leading figures
  • Unlimited digital access to the PV Tech Power journal catalogue
  • Unlimited digital access to the Photovoltaics International journal catalogue
  • Access to more than 1,000 technical papers
  • Discounts on Solar Media’s portfolio of events, in-person and virtual

Or continue reading this article for free

Read Next

Sponsored
July 12, 2024
PV Tech spoke with Helena Li at the Intersolar Europe 2024 event, about how Trina is looking to ensure effective operations.
July 12, 2024
Canadian asset owner Brookfield has acquired a majority stake in Indian clean power company Leap Green Energy in a US$200 million equity investment.
July 12, 2024
China started conducting a trade and investment barrier investigation on the measures used in the EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FAR).
Premium
July 12, 2024
Even though the solar PV market in Ecuador is currently non-existent, with only a few projects operational and mostly in the distributed generation market, it is about to take off, says José Luis García Pérez, Latin America’s CEO at Spanish developer Zelestra, formerly known as Solarpack.
July 12, 2024
Swiss Utility BKW Energie AG has sign a power purchase agreement with food and beverage company Nestlé in Germany.
July 12, 2024
IRENA has found that the world’s renewable power capacity will need to increase by 16.4%, year-on-year, to meet the world’s climate targets.

Subscribe to Newsletter

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Webinars
July 31, 2024
1:00 PM (BST) / 2:00PM (CEST)
Solar Media Events
September 24, 2024
Warsaw, Poland
Solar Media Events
September 24, 2024
Singapore, Asia
Solar Media Events
October 8, 2024
San Francisco Bay Area, USA
Solar Media Events
October 15, 2024
Santiago, Chile