(New Castle, DE) Today, Delaware River and Bay Authority officials announced that they are seeking proposals from qualified firms in the renewable energy industry for the installation of renewable energy systems at the Delaware Memorial Bridge complex and Cape May and Lewes Ferry terminals. Submissions from interested parties are due on May 8, 2012 at 11:00 a.m.
According to Scott A. Green, Esq., Executive Director of the Authority, the bi-state agency intends to be on the cutting edge of both energy conservation and in the utilization of renewable and alternative energy at its facilities. “We are committed to protecting the environment and adopting practices that promote environmental stewardship,” said Green. “We’re looking to generate sufficient amounts of renewable energy to meet the current and anticipated future energy usage demand at these facilities while minimizing up-front costs to the Authority.”
The Authority is primarily interested in solar and wind technologies, but the agency will consider other technologies, such as geothermal and renewable fuels, if they prove feasible and beneficial. Agreements will be established separately for each of the three (3) subject facilities. Interested parties are invited to submit Proposals for one (1), two (2) or all three (3) locations. The Authority reserves the right to award agreements to more than one Proposer. The Authority does not intend to provide any financing of capital for the Project.
In 2010, the Authority began the implementation of various energy conservation measures designed to reduce electrical energy consumption at the Delaware Memorial Bridge and Cape May – Lewes Ferry. Mechanical measures include set-point adjustments and upgrading existing HVAC equipment. Electrical system measures include removal of unnecessary lighting, installation of occupancy sensors and high efficiency fixtures. Architectural measures involve increasing insulation and installation of new windows. All of these measures achieved s reduction of nearly 2,000,000 kWh; however, energy at the Bridge and Ferry cost the bi-state agency more than $2.2 million in 2011. Later this spring, a demonstration solar project will be installed at the Lewes and Cape May ferry terminals.
Through a variety of short and long term initiatives, the Authority wants to accomplish a number of goals, includingthe generating electricity from renewable sources, increasing efficiency of energy usage, and reducing energy-related operating costs.
About the Delaware River and Bay Authority
The Delaware River and Bay Authority, a bi-state governmental agency created by Compact in 1962, owns and operates the Delaware Memorial Bridge, the Cape May- Lewes Ferry, the Three Forts Ferry Crossing and the Salem Business Centre in Carney’s Point Twp., NJ. The Authority also manages corporate and aviation properties through its economic development powers - two airports in New Jersey (Millville Airport and Cape May Airport) and three in Delaware (New Castle Airport, Civil Air Terminal and Delaware Airpark). All agency operating revenues are generated through the bridge, ferry and airport facilities. For more information, visit www.drba.net.