U.S. Navy has committed $100 million in contracts for the development
and installation of solar
arrays at facilities in five
U.S. states for both the Navy and Marine Corps.
U.S. Armed Forces are not new to the application of greener
technology. Recently, the Army has began developing and applying
hydrogen fuel cell technology to
their vehicles and also has HP developing a "Dick
Tracy-like" watch that uses solar panels specifically
for the U.S. military.
Navy has been using solar power as far
back as 2002, when they installed a 750-kilowatt solar system in
San Diego, California, which was considered the largest federal solar
system. The system could power 935 homes during the day. As early as
January of this year, the Navy also applied solar energy five
rooftops at the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii.
the Navy is taking their dedication
to renewable energy a step further by spending $100 million
on five contracts that will apply solar arrays to facilities in
Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Arizona for the Navy and the
of the five firms that won contracts for this operation is AECOM
Technology Corporation, a global provider of management and
technical support services for both government and commercial
clients, was selected by the U.S. Navy to fulfill an indefinite
delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, allowing AECOM to
develop the solar power systems.
U.S. federal government views renewable energy as an important
strategic goal to improve environmental performance, reduce energy
costs and enhance energy security at multiple levels," said said
John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer. "We
are proud to be selected by the U.S. Navy for this important
will be teaming up with Solar
Power Partners (SPP) during this time. The contract has one
base year and four option years, and states that AECOM is to provide
"engineering, procurement and construction" of the solar
systems while SPP is to finance and own the solar arrays.
AECOM-SPP teamup is only one of five firms to receive contracts,
which are a total of $100 million in value, and the contractors can
"compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the