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2016 DOE FEDERAL ENERGY AND WATER MANAGEMENT AWARD WINNER
The DOE Federal Energy and Water Management Awards recognize individuals, groups, and agencies for their outstanding contributions in the areas of energy efficiency, water conservation, and the use of advanced and renewable energy technologies at federal facilities. The GSA winner is:
U.S. General Services Administration
National Capital Region
GSA put in place the Capital Solar Challenge "aggregated procurement" for solar electric systems on 18 federal buildings in Washington, D.C. Multiple performance contracts were aggregated into one power purchase agreement (PPA) solicitation, culminating in the issuance of a request for proposal in June 2015, and subsequently awarded to Washington Gas Light (WGL). Several key new innovative strategies were developed for the first time by this procurement, including one aggregated contract resulting in significant economies of scale and increased interest for the vendor community, as well as much lower procurement costs for the government. For the first time, a 10 year PPA agreement term plus 10 year optional PPA contract term was used, with non-renewal of option feature allowing most of the benefits of a full 20 year term. GSA and others can also benefit in subsequent aggregated procurements from new calculation tools, sample documents, and documented lessons-learned. The 18 photovoltaic projects range from 58 kilowatts on a Navy building to 424 kilowatts on the State Department headquarters, with a total capacity of 2,703 kilowatts, a total estimated annual energy delivery of 3.5 million kilowatt-hours per year, and cost savings of $281,000 annually.