March 6, 2012

U.S. Army: Draft solicitation for renewable and alternative energy power production

The U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, has issued a draft Request for Proposal (RFP) for $7 billion in shared capacity contracts to procure reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through power purchase agreements or other contractual equivalents. The $7 billion capacity would be expended for the purchase of energy over a period of 30 years or less from renewable energy plants that are constructed and operated by contractors using private sector financing. 

The draft solicitation for the Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production is posted on the Federal Business Opportunities Web site at, and will be available for comment for 30 days. No awards will be made from this draft RFP. Click here to learn more

“The final RFP, when issued, may vary from this draft,” said Tonju Butler, the procuring contracting officer with the Huntsville Center. Any comments regarding this draft solicitation are to be submitted by firms via the ProjNet Web site at in accordance with the instructions contained in the draft RFP. “Huntsville Center will use the industry feedback received to develop the final RFP,” Butler said.

It is the intent of the government only to purchase the energy that is produced, and not to acquire any generation assets. The contractors will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the energy plants. The government will contract to purchase the power for up to 30 years in accordance with the terms and conditions stipulated in site or project specific agreements resulting from task orders awarded under multiple Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts. Project locations may be on or near any federal property located within the U.S. including Alaska, Hawaii, territories, provinces or other property under the control of the U.S. government for the duration of contract performance.“Huntsville Center will award contracts to both large and small businesses according to four different renewable energy technologies: solar, wind, geothermal and biomass,” said Sarah Tierney, the project’s contracting specialist. “Task orders will be executed against the basic ID/IQ contracts, using fair opportunity procedures established in the Federal Acquisition Regulation Part 16.”

This contract will support the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force in its efforts to plan and execute a cost-effective portfolio of large-scale renewable energy projects on Army installations by leveraging private sector financing. The Army’s development of large-scale renewable energy projects will help enhance energy security while supporting the Department of Defense’s energy goals. Energy security and sustainability are operationally necessary, financially prudent and mission critical.

By awarding the contract, the Army will have a streamlined process to develop large-scale renewable energy projects using private sector financing. This approach will help speed overall project development timelines to ensure the best value to the Army and private sector.All firms have the ability to register on to track our progress on the acquisition. To register on fedbizopps, go to, and search for solicitation #W912DY-11-R-0036 and posted date: last 365 days. Next click on the search result, then on the interested vendors list tab. Finally click on 'add me to interested vendors' at the bottom. From that point you will receive an update from the Web site every time we post new information under that solicitation number.

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