On Friday February 24, 2012, the U.S. Army Engineering & Support Center in Huntsville, Alabama issued a draft request for proposals (Solicitation No. W912DY-11-R-0036, the “RFP”) titled “Large Scale Renewable Energy Production for Federal Installations.” 

The objective of the solicitation, in its current form, is to procure renewable and alternative energy through power purchase agreements (“PPAs”) or contractual equivalents for terms of up to thirty (30) years. The government does not want to acquire generation assets, only energy. Projects may be located on or near any federal property located within the United States, including Alaska, Hawai’i, territories, provinces or other property under the control of the United States. “The intent is to award contracts to all qualified and responsible offerors, both large and small businesses.” As stated in the RFP, the proposed categorization of projects is as follows:

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Technologies that will be considered include solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal.  The estimated maximum value of all contracts awarded pursuant to the RFP is $7 billion over a period of ten (10) years. 

It is important to note that this is a draft RFP.  The final RFP "may significantly vary from this draft."  Comments will be accepted via the ProjNet website through March 21, 2012.  The final RFP will be issued at some point thereafter.