The US Army has issued US$600 million of contracts to 11 companies to assist with its clean energy project development.
The Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, awarded the contracts for the design and construction to various US technology and engineering companies, including AMEC and Balfour Beatty.
The shared capacity contractors will support the US Army Corps with energy support and energy conservation globally. The projects span generating renewable energy from wind turbines, geothermal heating and solar power plants as well as energy efficiency improvements.
Services have been contracted for one base year, and then four option years for all design, construction and construction related work.
The contracts are not part of the US$7 billion recently awarded to 22 companies specifically for solar development.
The 11 companies contracted are:
AMEC Environment & Infrastructure, Inc., Plymouth Meeting, Pa.
Ameresco, Inc., Framingham, Mass.
Balfour Beatty Energy Solutions, Fairfax, Va.
CH2M Hill Constructors, Englewood, Colo.
Eaton Corp., Raleigh, N.C.
ECC Energy Conservation, LLC (ECC-EC), Burlingame, Calif.
Perini Management Services, Inc. (PMSI), Framingham, Mass.
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), McLean, Va.
Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure, Austin, Texas
URS Group, Inc., Washington, D.C.
Weston Solutions, Inc., West Chester, Pa.
The contracts follow the news that the public will be able to invest in solar energy projects for military housing.
Solar project crowd-funder, Mosaic, is offering investors in California the option to back a 12.3MW PV installation for 547 houses at the New Jersey, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The base houses military employees and their families. Once completed, the installation hopes to supply 30% of electricity and hopes to save approximately US$1.3 million in energy costs.
The US Department of Energy awarded Mosaic a US$2 million grant, part of US$27 million in grants that was awarded to various solar energy projects, as part of the national SunShot Initiative to bring down the cost of solar.