Navy Seeks Bidder Information for New Military Microgrid in San Diego

May 31, 2014
The US Navy is seeking bidder information for a new military microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

The US Navy is seeking bidder information for a new military microgrid at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in San Diego, California.

The Navy is attempting to flush out the availability of developers to build the microgrid before the government makes a decision about a request for proposals. To that end it has issued a request for information, what it calls a ‘Sources Sought Synopsis.’

The base plans to build an advanced microgrid, with both renewable energy and conventional generation. The project will provide energy security for several mission critical and support facilities at the 15kV level during a utility grid outage. It also would be capable of providing peak shaving or demand response when grid-connected.

The Navy expects to build the project under a firm, fixed-price design-build contract. It estimates the project will cost $15 to $20 million.

If the government decides to move forward with the project after it completes the research, it will issue an RFP published in at Federal Business Opportunities website and Navy Electronic Commerce Online website.

Issued May 29, the solicitation (Number: N6247314S4406) seeks information by 11 a.m., June 18.

The contact is Terry Hardin, contract specialist, (619) 532-4714,[email protected]

More details about the microgrid are here. The request for information is here.

The microgrid would include:

  • 7 MW diesel and natural gas power plant with Best Available Control TechnologyComprehensive Energy Operation Center (EOC) and microgrid controls at MCAS Miramar.
  • Redundant controls located at Naval Base San Diego.
  • Energy Storage
  • Compliance with Department of Defense Platform Information Technology requirements for information assurance, systems accreditation, and Risk Management Framework/Cyber security for Industrial Control Systems.
  • Integration of  Miramar’s existing landfill gas, solar photovoltaic, and energy storage systems in the microgrid.
  • Integration of existing Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system (Schneider OASyS) with the  microgrid controller for islanding operation.
  • Integration of existing ICS systems into the microgrid controller, namely Johnson Controls Metasys System Extended Architecture, and Advanced Metering Infrastructure  for energy efficiency purposes
  • An Interconnection Agreement  with the local utility (islanded and utility connected)

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