Marine Corps Seeks Third-Party Financed Energy Solution in San Diego

23 April 2020
SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is soliciting proposals from industry to achieve Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego’s energy security objectives.

SAN DIEGO (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest is soliciting proposals from industry to achieve Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) San Diego’s energy security objectives.

“The project aims to deliver full-base energy resilience for our installation, which is an essential training ground on the West Coast for the next generation of Marines,” said Brig. Gen. Ryan Heritage, MCRD commanding general.

The Department of the Navy (DoN) will consider both renewable and non-renewable energy sources.

The installation seeks developers to provide innovative energy security solutions on an underutilized 1.53-acre plot of unencumbered land within the MCRD perimeter, adjacent to the San Diego International Airport. Using an Enhanced Use Lease, the DoN plans to secure a third-party developer to construct and operate an energy generation system on the land. The developer would then sell the energy to the off-base grid.

In the event of an outage, the agreement terms also would provide the DoN physical and legal access to the generated power as a backup, securing the installation’s mission readiness when training new Marines.

“To meet our mission-essential requirements, we need assured access to reliable supplies of energy and the ability to protect and deliver sufficient energy to the installation,” said Heritage. “We are looking for innovative designs that are compatible with our mission that will maximize the energy production, storage, and distribution at the site.”

The installation is seeking electrical infrastructure upgrades from the developer as in-kind consideration (IKC), which will increase MCRD’s energy resilience posture. The installation is highly interested in other value-added IKC, such as microgrid infrastructure to enhance the base’s energy security. The project is in alignment with the DoN’s Installation Energy Resilience Strategy, released in March, which emphasizes the need to increase mission capability by integrating a higher degree of energy security at DoN installations.

“This Request for Proposals will enable the installation to leverage its available property to improve one or more of the DoN’s energy security objectives of reliability, resilience, or efficiency,” said Capt. Mike Oestereicher, NAVFAC Southwest commanding officer.

This is the second Request for Proposals (RFP) issued by the DoN’s newly established Acquisition Modernization Office (AMO) which falls under the NAVFAC structure.

“By using third-party financing and unique transactional authorities, we can find alternative ways to finance the DoN’s growing backlog of critical unfunded installation requirements,” said John Kliem, AMO executive director. “The opportunity at MCRD provides the developer with an excellent business opportunity, while providing much needed energy infrastructure improvements and resilience to MCRD at little to no cost to the DoN.”

AMO issued the Request for Proposals (RFP) on April 10 and responses are due on June 10, 2020. MCRD anticipates the project will be awarded late this summer, with project completion slated for 2024.

All materials related to the RFP can be found on the General Services Administration’s System for Award Management (SAM) website here:

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