The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on February 20 awarded another 20 base contracts to companies for renewable energy-related technologies. The contracts, including two for biomass energy, 15 for solar energy, and three for wind energy, are part of a $7 billion large-scale renewable and alternative energy power production contract. The "base" contracts enable third-party-financed renewable energy projects to be developed by the approved companies, and involve no Army or Department of Defense (DOD) capital or military construction appropriations. The selected companies will be eligible to bid on future renewable energy projects, as renewable energy opportunities at Army installations are assessed and validated. The Army or DOD will purchase the power from contractors who own, operate, and maintain the generating facilites that move forward. The new contracts will support the Army in meeting its congressionally mandated energy goal of 25% production of energy from renewable sources by 2025, improving the energy security and sustainability of Army installations. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, working with the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, has previously awarded 59 contracts for biomass, geothermal, solar, and wind energy technologies. See the Army news release.