Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, in coordination with the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and Fort Hood, issued a Notice of Intent to Award (NOIA) to Apex Clean Energy, for a large-scale renewable energy wind and solar project at Fort Hood, Texas. Although the NOIA does not constitute a formal contract award, this step moves the project closer to construction and production.
Apex’s groundbreaking hybrid solar-wind energy project will be sized to optimize solar energy produced onsite at Fort Hood and wind energy produced at the company’s Cotton Plains Wind energy facility in Floyd County, Texas. In its proposal, Apex noted that it expects to partner with two Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses in the development and construction of the project, Tennessee Valley Infrastructure Group (TVIG) and American Helios.
If the project moves forward as planned, TVIG will serve as the Balance of Plant contractor on the wind energy component project, and American Helios Constructors will support partner Phoenix Solar on the construction of the solar component of the project.
“We’re excited to partner with Apex Clean Energy in this first-of-its-kind hybrid project,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy, and environment. “Solar energy at Fort Hood will provide energy surety, and the off-site wind turbines provide inexpensive, clean wind energy. In addition, the Apex team is expected to subcontract with two Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses. It’s great to see veterans contributing to energy independence in this way.”
“By incorporating low-cost wind energy from the Texas panhandle and solar energy produced on-site, the Army is ensuring that it has attained a consistent, affordable, and secure energy resource to power its mission at Fort Hood,” said Mark Goodwin, Apex Clean Energy president. “We are proud to be working with several Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Businesses to support the Department of Defense’s goals to preserve energy surety and harness more clean, domestic energy to power military facilities.”
Apex’s hybrid project will feature 50.6 MW of wind energy from the Cotton Plains Wind energy facility in Floyd County, TX and 15 MW AC Solar on-site at Fort Hood. Additional project details will be provided upon announcement of a final Contract Award with DLA and OEI.
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