Army Corps to Issue RFP for Microgrid at California’s Fort Hunter Liggett Base

April 20, 2018
Another military microgrid is on the drawing board, this one at California’s Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, which expects to issue a solicitation next month for a contractor to build the $10-to $20 million facility.

Another military microgrid is on the drawing board, this one at California’s Army Garrison Fort Hunter Liggett, which expects to issue a solicitation next month for a contractor to build the $10-to $20 million facility.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plans to issue a request for proposals May 30 for the training base, which is about 150 miles south of San Francisco.

The government expects to award a firm-fixed price  contract for design, construction, commissioning, validation, training and the transition to a fully usable and complete microgrid system.

The base-wide microgrid will provide power when utility service is down. It also is intended to help Fort Hunter Liggett achieve net zero energy with installation of solar and energy storage.

In keeping with the Army’s new Energy Security and Sustainability (ES2) Strategy, which updates a 2009 policy by heightening the importance of resilience, the military microgrid must offer a range of benefits, among them cybersecurity, optimized energy use and risk management.

The microgrid will be connected to local utility, Pacific Gas & Electric.

The Army Corps intends to execute the competitive solicitation in two phases. Phase 1 will evaluate personnel credentials, corporate qualifications, and past performance. Those who pass Phase I will be invited to compete for Phase 2, which will address technical approach, technical merit, cyber and risk management approach, management plan and schedule, capability/related experience and subcontracting plan & management.

As now scheduled, bids will be due around June 30; the solicitation will contain a firm date. The government expects to award a contract around November 30, with construction taking about two years.

The request for proposals will be issued on FedBizOpps; the solicitation number is W91238-18-R-0050. The Army Corps contacts are  Lequita Byrd-Craig, (916) 557-6932, [email protected], and Leah Caldwell, (916) 557-7467, [email protected].

More details are available here.

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