The Earthworks Mortenson Joint Venture was awarded a design-build task order by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District for a 2 MW Ground Mount Photovoltaic (PV) Array at Camp Parks, CA. Design work began in early August 2014 and was completed at the end of January 2015.
Overall project leadership within Mortenson was provided by the Federal Contracting Group, with the Solar & Emerging Renewables Group providing day-to-day technical leadership.
This project was the first renewable energy project with our Small Business Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture partner, Earthworks Technology. The goal of the Mentor-Protégé program is for larger, well-established companies to assist smaller companies in mastering new construction technologies. The Camp Parks project allowed Earthworks to learn how a photovoltaic solar project is designed and constructed and continue their education in federal contracting.
The funding for this task order came from the Department of Defense Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP). The ECIP program encourages military activities to look for project opportunities that reduce their energy usage or increase their ability to generate energy from renewable sources. The staff at Camp Parks identified that they had a parcel within their installation that was available and appropriate for a solar project of this nature and applied for the funds. The project contributes to the Army’s commitment to increase their use of renewable energy to 25% by the year 2025.