DOE funds 10 MW biomass project on military installation

By Erin Voegele | January 29, 2016

On Jan. 27, the U.S. Department of Energy announced $2.85 million in funding to support four projects that aim to advanced development of renewable energy technologies facilities across the federal government. With industry cost share, the projects represent a total investment of nearly $75 million.

One of the four projects includes the installation of a 10 MW biomass steam turbine generator at the U.S. Marine Corps Installation Command in Albany, Georgia. The facility will reduce annual electricity consumption by approximately 4,600 MWh annually. The model project demonstrates how military installations can work toward federal energy goals and mandates, while achieving net-zero status and addressing energy security challenges.

The other three projects are solar installations benefitting the U.S. Department of State, USDA and U.S. Department of Justice.

According to information released by the DOE, the federal government is the nation’s single largest user of energy. Currently, federal agencies are working forward a goal of achieving 30 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025.