DOE Invests On New Clean Energy Projects


It has been announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) that it will allow $2.85 million in funding four projects that aim to advance and improve the development of renewable energy technologies at facilities throughout the federal government.

The Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP) of the DOE is paving the way to bring clean energy to federal facilities, and such projects are expected to increase biomass and solar photovoltaic (PV) generation. The total investment is estimated at $75 million.

The projects include the following:

1. Department of State – Overseas Diplomatic Posts: This is an 11.9-megawatt PV system with solar projects from 200 kilowatts to 8 megawatts at 10 various overseas U.S. Diplomatic posts into the State Department’s first multi-site energy savings performance contract (ESPC). This proposed project will increase, almost more than double, the use of renewables.

2. Department of Agriculture – U.S. Forest Service: This is a 0.76-megawatt project deploys roof, ground, or carport-mounted solar panels from 6-100 kilowatts at 11 installation sites in Wahington and Oregon. This project will give 100 percent of the electricity requirements for four sites and over 50 percent of the electricity requirements in the remaining seven locations.

3. Department of Justice – Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in El Paso, Texas: This is a project that would have a 0.79 megawatt PV installation with a ground and carport system at the El Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). It will provide 30 percent of EPIC’s energy use through the ENABLE ESPC contract that offers a standardized, integrated process for small federal facilities to put targeted energy conservation measures within six months or less. This specific project will be DEA’s first renewable energy system and first ESPC that will enhance the agency’s expertise in renewable energy system installation and integration, which can then be used by other DEA facilities.

4. Department of Defense – U.S. Marine Corps Installation Command in Albany, Georgia: This is a 10-megawatt biomass steam turbine generator project that will decrease the annual electricity consumption by roughly 4,600 megawatt-hours every year. The model project determines how military installations can work toward federal energy goals and directives while attaining a net zero status and focusing on energy security challenges.

Other details regarding the above projects can be seen here.