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Corps awards contract to install photovoltaic solar array system at Stamford Hurricane Barrier

Published Oct. 17, 2017

CONCORD, Mass. – Installation of a Photovoltaic Solar Array System at the Stamford Hurricane Barrier in Stamford, Conn., will be completed under the terms of a $144,900.00 contract recently issued by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New England District.


Work will be accomplished by DRM International, Inc. of Philadelphia, Pa. Construction is scheduled to take about 3 months to complete and start within 14 days of the issuance of the notice to proceed by the Corps of Engineers. The contract was awarded on Sept. 27, 2017.


Work will include design and installation of a premium ground fixed solar photovoltaic electric generating system at the Stamford Hurricane Barrier in Stamford. The contractor will coordinate with the local electrical service provider the tie back connection to the local grid for buyback of the energy produced by the new PV system.


The array, located at the Stamford Hurricane Barrier, will be capable of producing approximately 48,000 kWh annually. The project will be managed by the Corps of Engineers and all work will be accomplished under the supervision of a Corps’ Quality Assurance Representative to assure compliance with contract requirements.


Construction of the Stamford Hurricane Barrier was completed in 1969 at a cost of $14.5 million. The project consists of three principal features. The West Branch Barrier, which protects the area between the West and East Branches, includes a 1,340-foot concrete wall and a 1,950-foot-long, rock-faced earthen dike. The East Branch Barrier, which connects to the West Branch and extends across the mouth of the East Branch, includes 2,840 feet of rock-face earthen dike and a 90-foot-wide navigation gate. The Westcott Cove Barrier, which protects the residential area of Rippowam Street and skirts Westcott Cove in Cummings Park, includes 4,200 feet of rock faced earthen dike. Damages amounting to $39.4 million have been prevented.


For more information visit www.nae.usace.army.mil/Missions/CivilWorks/FloodRiskManagement/Connecticut/StamfordHurricaneBarrier.aspx.


For contract information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/BusinessWithUs/Contracting.aspx. For general information visit: www.nae.usace.army.mil/. For Small Business information visit:


Tim Dugan

Release no. 17-114