Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

April 23, 2015
TEAD to get $5M in energy upgrades

A $5 million contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will fund the design and construction of a control system for renewable energy installations at Tooele Army Depot.

The new control system should safeguard energy security for the depot by ensuring critical systems still receive power during service interruptions. The contract was awarded to Massachusetts-based Perini Management Services, Inc. on April 17.

The control system will oversee a grid that contains existing and new wind turbines, a solar array, a 1.2 megawatt diesel generator and a battery storage and backup system, according to project manager David Simpson.

In addition to operating the renewable energy sources at the depot, the control system should also improve energy consumption at the depot, according to a release from the corps.

The $5 million covers the infrastructure for the control system and the battery backup, but not the cost of the turbine, solar array and generator, which are separate projects.

The project is part of the depot’s response to meeting federal “net zero” goals for its energy needs with on-site renewable sources by 2020. Once the second turbine and solar array are online, the installation could generate as much as 90 percent of the depot’s total energy requirements at peak, Simpson said.

“We’re always looking at ways to be green,” he said.

Having better on-site production ensures better energy security, which is critical for the depot as the ammunition supplier for Army installations throughout the western United States, Simpson said.

Switch gear housing, utility poles and other infrastructure will need to be completed as part of the project. Rocky Mountain Power has already begun work at the renewable energy installation that accounts for a $1 million piece of the $5 million project, Simpson said. 

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