Massachusetts-based Ameresco Inc. has been awarded a contract for an 18.6 MW solar energy project to be located at the U.S. Army's facility at Fort Detrick in Frederick, Md.
Under the contract, Ameresco will build, own, operate and maintain the large-scale solar facility. Fort Detrick will purchase the renewable electricity from Ameresco through a 25-year power purchase agreement. All electricity from the solar facility will be consumed on-site. Once operational, the facility is designed to serve 12% of Fort Detrick's total annual electric load requirements.
Ameresco will begin construction on the project this summer, and the solar facility is scheduled to be operational by March 2016. More than 60,000 solar panels will be installed on 67 acres.
‘Ameresco is very proud to be a renewable energy partner to the U.S. Army and Fort Detrick through this long-term partnership for solar energy,’ says George P. Sakellaris, Ameresco's president and CEO.