HSGS-Ameresco Constructing 6.25 MW Solar Generation Plant at Military Ocean Terminal Concord in California

Dec. 1, 2023
The construction of this generation plant helps ensure non-interrupted mission-critical activities and ensures energy resilience for the military personnel on the base

HSGS-Ameresco, a joint venture certified as a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business by the Small Business Administration and the Department of Veterans Affairs, has received a contract to construct a 6.25 MW backup power generation plant and underground transmission lines at the Military Ocean Terminal Concord (MOTCO) in Concord, California.

The project has received funding through the Department of Defense's (DoD) Energy Resilience and Conservation Investment Program (ERCIP), which awards funding to projects improving energy resilience, contributing to mission assurance, saving energy, and reducing the DoD's energy costs.

The generation plant will include an array of three generators to provide about 6.25 MW of capacity. The array will be comprised of a 2 MW load bank, 1200-amp switchgear, and 72,000-gallon capacity fuel storage tanks, which are designed to sustain a 14-day supply of fuel. 

Additionally, the project will install nearly 12,000 linear feet of underground duct bank with 500 kcmil power distribution conductors. The construction will involve trenching and direct burying PVC conduit, installing electrical lines and manholes, and affixing duct bank conduit and conductors underneath an existing vehicle bridge.

The project will result in an integration with the existing electrical infrastructure on the installation, featuring a break-before-make interconnection to the Pacific Gas and Electric Company utility grid.

Construction is expected to commence in January 2024 and be completed in early 2026.

"This project is a testament to HSGS-Ameresco’s commitment to enhancing energy resilience for critical facilities," said Nicole Bulgarino, Ameresco EVP and General Manager of Federal Solutions. "The construction of this generation plant helps ensure non-interrupted mission-critical activities and ensures energy resilience for the military personnel on the base.”

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