By Kathy Anderson, Tony Lopez, Capt. Michael N. MeyerAugust 18, 2014
TOOELE ARMY DEPOT, Utah -- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District, recently announced that Tooele Army Depot would have a second wind turbine constructed to promote its renewable energy goals.
In July 2010, TEAD cut the ribbon on its first wind turbine, a $3.8 million project with the same energy-generating capabilities as the new turbine. That project was completed in May 2011.
A $5.5 million contract was awarded last month to Icenogle Construction Management Inc., a company based in San Francisco, to install a new two-megawatt wind turbine in TEAD's Alternative Energy Corridor.
The energy corridor's goal is to allow the depot to become net zero, going off of the grid and producing all of its own energy in five years, said Kathy Anderson, public affairs officer for TEAD. The energy corridor is located on the depot's south side not far from South Mountain, which separates Tooele and Rush valleys.
The depot currently produces 30 percent of its own energy from the first wind turbine, Anderson said. The new turbine will provide an estimated additional energy power equivalent to sustain 400 to 500 homes.
"We take sustainability seriously at the Corps and this project will help Tooele meet its renewable energy goals, reduce its carbon footprint and enhance energy security," said Dave Simpson, Sacramento District project manager.
Capt. Michael Meyer, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said no date has been set to break ground for the new wind turbine. However, he said, the contractor has begun meetings to discuss the project and should have a schedule mapped out in the next few weeks. Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2015.
Tooele's mission in Utah is to support warfighter readiness through receipt, storage, issue, demil and renovation of conventional ammunition and the design, manufacture, fielding and maintenance of ammunition peculiar equipment.