Tooele Army Depot near Salt Lake City, Utah, US is to increase its renewable energy generating capacity with the installation of a wind turbine at the site.

The US Army Corps of Engineers Sacramento District has contracted a Juhl Energy Inc-led partnership to develop, construct and install a 1.5 MW-2 MW machine in a deal worth $5.5 million contract.

Juhl is joined by Aegis Renewable Energy and Icenogle Construction Management Inc, with Juhl acting as EPC contractor.

The Tooele Army Depot Wind Project is currently in the development stage and is scheduled to break ground sometime in late 2014 or early 2015.

Corey Juhl, vice president of development for Juhl Energy, said: ‘Like the US Armed Services, we are seeing several large industrial and commercial energy users that are looking to become more energy independent, while saving money at the same time. In most cases, the installation of an on-site renewable energy project such as wind, solar or co-generation is a great way for a large energy user to lock in the bulk of their energy costs for many years.’