U.S. Army, Ameresco Complete Battery Storage Installation at Fort Detrick in Maryland

June 20, 2024
The system is operational and features a 6 MW/6MWh BESS integrating with an existing 18.6 MW (DC) solar energy facility.

Renewable and energy efficiency technology firm Ameresco has completed the U.S. Army’s advanced renewable energy system at Fort Detrick in Maryland to improve the base’s energy independence, sustainability, and potential for energy resiliency.

Ameresco’s energy asset activation is operational and features a 6 MW/6MWh BESS integrating with an existing 18.6 MW (DC) solar energy facility, operational since 2016.

The integration not only enhances the facility’s capacity by providing frequency regulation services to the local electric grid but also advances the overall energy security and sustainability of the installation by improving the power quality and correcting unintended fluctuations in generation.

The Fort Detrick facility is a crucial U.S. Installation Management Command installation (IMCOM) encompassing a 1,200-acre campus and supports a broad spectrum of government agencies and military services including the Defense Health Agency, Space Force, U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, and the 21st Signal Brigade.

Fort Detrick is a hub for important scientific and medical advancements, which it will continue with the support of its new BESS activation.

Ameresco is contracted on a number of energy efficiency, distributed energy or microgrid projects at government installations across the U.S. Earlier this year, the company began its $33 million energy efficiency upgrade and energy savings performance contract at the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration sites in Maryland and Washington, DC.

The Sacramento Area Sewer District in California also contracted Ameresco to handle a $140 million project to develop a 13.4-MW biogas cogeneration plant.