The US Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center (USACE) has awarded additional base orders under the $7bn capacity, large-scale renewable and alternative energy power production multiple award task order contract (MATOC).

The contracts were awarded in collaboration with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) to a total of 20 companies for three of the four energy-related technologies, including solar, wind and biomass.

Recipients of solar contracts include Ameresco, Chevron Energy Solutions, Constellation NewEnergy, Distributed Sun, EDF Renewable Energy, Energy Ventures, First Solar Development, FLS Energy, ABM Government Services, RE IndependenceCO, SunEdison Government Solutions, SunEdison, SunWize Technologies, TransGen Energy and Victory Renewables.

"Huntsville Center is doing everything we can to ensure task orders for future projects will be awarded as quickly as possible."

Ameresco, M Arthur Gensler, Jr & Associates, and Infigen Energy US Development secured wind contracts, while biomass contracts were awarded to Ameresco and Wheelabrator Technologies.

In addition, Foresight Renewable Solutions was added by USACE to the solar technology suite in January 2014.

It brings the total number of contracts awarded in the MATOC energy technologies to 79, which include 22 solar, 17 wind, 13 biomass, and six geothermal contracts.

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Huntsville Center commander colonel Robert Ruch said: "Huntsville Center is doing everything we can to ensure task orders for future projects will be awarded as quickly as possible."

EITF executive director Amanda Simpson said: "Currently, we are working projects and expect to deliver a task order in the next several months."

The indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) MATOC contracts will be used for the acquisition of reliable, locally generated, renewable and alternative energy through power purchase agreements (PPA) over the next 30 years.

Through the contracts, the army moves closer to meeting the US Congress-mandated energy goal of 25% production and consumption of energy from renewable sources by 2025, while also enhancing the installation energy security and sustainability.

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