Army pre-qualifies 22 solar tech firms for energy work

Aug. 28, 2013 at 3:32 PM
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Aug. 28 (UPI) -- Twenty-two solar technology companies have been pre-selected by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to compete for renewable energy task orders.

The Multiple Award Task Order Contracts would be issued by the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force or other Department of Defense entities.

"The MATOC represents a major step forward in the procurement of renewable energy for the Army and the other services that will significantly reduce timelines by streamlining acquisition processes," said John Lushetsky, EITF's Executive Director. "Utilizing the MATOC in this way will assist the EITF in meeting the Army's goal for one gigawatt renewable energy by 2025 as well as additional Congressional mandates."

MATOC is designed to procure locally generated, renewable and alternative energy for DOD installations through power purchase agreements. Solar power is one of four MATOC sector areas.

The solar technology companies receiving MATOC awards are: Acciona Energy North America Corp., Chicago; Apex Wind Energy Holdings LLC, Charlottesville, Va.; Borrego Solar, San Diego; Cobra Industrial Services Inc., Houston; Dominion Energy Inc.; Richmond, Va.; Element Power U.S. LLC, Portland, Ore.; Emerald Infrastructure, San Antonio; Enel Green Power North America, Andover, Mass.; Energy Matters LLC, Arlington, Va., and Gehrlicher Solar America Corp., Springfield, N.J.

Also selected were Johnson Controls Government Systems, Milwaukee; Lend Lease, Nashville; LTC Federal LLC, Detroit; New Generation Power, Chicago; NRG Energy Inc., Princeton, N.J.; Photon Finance LLC-SunPower, Mountain View, Calif.; Siemens Government Technologies Inc., Arlington, Va.; Silverado Power LLC, San Francisco; Solar Power Ventures, Arlington, Va.; Standard Solar Inc., Rockville, Md.; Sunpower Corp., Richmond, Calif.; and Washington Gas Energy Systems Inc., McLean, Va.

"Awarding these contracts for solar technology is an important milestone in the process of awarding contracts for the four technologies selected to help the Army meet renewable energy goals," said Col. Robert Ruch, commander of the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala. "By pre-qualifying companies under each technology and awarding the contracts to them, we are situated to more quickly award task orders for individual future projects being developed by the Army or DOD.

"We look forward to working with the EITF and other potential DOD organizations to help implement renewable energy projects."

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