Navy seeks third-party developers for energy generation system

Project includes up to 10 acres at NBK-Bremerton and up to 95 acres at NBK-Bangor

The Department of the Navy is seeking third-party developers to construct and operate an energy generation system at Naval Base Kitsap.

According to an NBK press release, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest is soliciting proposals to achieve “energy security objectives” aboard both NBK installations at Bangor and Bremerton. DoN will consider both renewable and non-renewable energy sources to meet the local installations’ energy resilience needs. The affected area of the project includes up to 10 acres at NBK-Bremerton and up to 95 acres at NBK-Bangor.

“These projects are aimed to bolster the energy resiliency of two key installations under the Naval Base Kitsap umbrella providing essential power to the facilities and tenants on each location,” NBK Commanding Officer Capt. Richard Rhinehart said.

The DoN, according to the release, is looking to maximize the energy production, storage capacity and distribution capabilities at both sites to be compatible with the installations’ operational missions. While the energy generated would be sold to the local grid, the agreement terms would provide DoN with physical legal access to the energy resilience capabilities in the event of an outage.

“These efforts to close the energy resiliency gaps will significantly improve NBK’s support to some of our largest tenants’ missions: maintaining Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility’s six dry-docks and 10 piers on Bremerton, and Bangor’s mission to sustain and modernize the Navy’s fleet of Trident and fast-attack submarines,” Rhinehart said.

NAVFAC’s Real Estate Office issued the Requests for Proposals (RFPs) on June 18 with responses due Aug 18. The Navy anticipates the projects will reach transactional closing by the end of 2021, with project development completion slated for 2024.