NORFOLK (NNS) -- The Department of the Navy (DON) awarded a contract on Sep. 15 for the long-term purchase of 25 megawatts (MW) direct current (DC) to supply six percent of Naval Station (NS) Norfolk.
The contracted was awarded to Virginia Electric and Power Company, doing business as Dominion Virginia Power (DVP). Construction of Morgans Corner, a fixed-tilt, solar photovoltaic (PV) generation facility, is underway in Pasquotank County, North Carolina and scheduled to come into service by April 2016.
The DON worked with DVP, NS Norfolk's existing energy provider, to facilitate the 10-year agreement. Among the many benefits, the agreement will help diversify NS Norfolk's power portfolio and provide long-term cost stability by guaranteeing a fixed price for the term. The facility will span 110 acres and consist of 81,054 solar panels. Its developer, Invenergy Solar Development, is connected to long-time clean energy developer Invenergy LLC.
"Access to reliable supplies of energy is critical for the DON to execute its missions at home and abroad," said Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment. "In addition to more and different types of power sources, signing long-term contracts for a set price informs our long-term planning for energy and provides needed stability. The Department of the Navy will continue to seek agreements like this one to help us enhance our energy security and operational capacity."
Since 2009, the DON has made significant progress in adopting renewable energy to improve energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availability. Last May, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus challenged the DON to accelerate efforts and bring one gigawatt (GW) into procurement by the end of 2015. A long-time leader in energy innovation, the Navy continues to collaborate with industry to develop new energy resources, which are important to the DON as well as the surrounding communities.
"Dominion is proud to support the U.S. Navy's commitment to clean, renewable energy," said Jim Eck, vice president-Business Development. "It is another step forward in our initiative to expand our rapidly growing solar portfolio and meet our customers' growing energy needs."
The DON has over 1.2 GW of renewable energy projects in the pipeline, bringing 270 MW into procurement in just the last two months. DVP and Morgans Solar jointly submitted a filing to the North Carolina Utilities Commission on September 14, 2015 to expedite approval to transfer the Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to DVP to allow for construction to be completed by April 2016. In the filing, DVP proposed to retire Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) on behalf of DON to ensure the production of renewable energy will be counted toward the DON's GW goal.
For more information about the DON's Renewable Energy Program Office please visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/repo/.
For more information about the DON's energy strategy please visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/energy/.