An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.


09 February 2024

From Madelyn Flayler

NSA Annapolis released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather insight, expertise, and potential solutions from industry experts to evaluate renewable energy generation at the Naval Academy Dairy Farm (Dairy Farm), February 9, 2024. The RFI is available at
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – NSA Annapolis released a Request for Information (RFI) to gather insight, expertise, and potential solutions from industry experts to evaluate renewable energy generation at the Naval Academy Dairy Farm (Dairy Farm), February 9, 2024. The RFI is available at

As part of the DoD’s proactive approach to achieving a more sustainable and secure energy future, NSA Annapolis is exploring renewable energy generation at the Dairy Farm that will help meet DoD’s Carbon Free Electricity goals. The Navy has committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions from its shore installations by 2045 through investment in clean energy sources. “Energy security is mission success,” said Assistant Secretary of the Navy Meredith Berger. “We are interested to hear the best ideas about how to increase renewable, redundant, reliable energy for the Naval Academy, Naval Support Activity Annapolis, and the community.”

This RFI is the initial stage of evaluating renewable energy potential at the Dairy Farm. An RFI is a way to involve industry experts in evaluating project viability, and is a necessary first step to help organizations understand whether a concept may be feasible. RFIs are a non-binding research tool used for information and planning purposes.

The Navy has used an RFI process to explore renewable energy projects that can address DoD Carbon Free Electricity, climate resilience, and energy goals at other Navy installations,” said NSA Annapolis Commanding Officer, Capt. Chris Schwarz. “We are looking forward to learning from industry experts about the potential the Dairy Farm may hold.” The 857-acre Dairy Farm, located approximately 15 miles from the USNA, in Gambrills, Maryland, was established in 1911 to provide future Naval Officers with a safe supply of milk. During its prime, the Dairy Farm maintained approximately 300 cows and a staff of 15, providing 700 – 1,000 gallons of milk per day. While the Dairy Farm no longer provides milk to the Brigade of Midshipmen, it is still owned by the U.S. Navy and is currently leased to Anne Arundel County (AACO).

The Dairy Farm falls under Title 10 U.S.C. § 8476, which requires the property to be maintained in its rural and agricultural nature. With the support of AACO, NSA Annapolis is pursuing the RFI in line with Title 10, with the goal of exploring options to maximize benefit to both the Department of the Navy and the County.

“NSA Annapolis is interested in exploring renewable energy concepts that can coexist with the current agricultural and rural nature of the property,” said Cmdr. Billy Moiles, public works officer at NSA Annapolis. The Navy is always committed to being a responsible community partner. As this RFI moves through the process, transparency and community involvement and input will be critical to meeting the needs of the Navy and the Anne Arundel County community. Current information regarding the Dairy Farm RFI can be found at Dairy Farm ( and updates will be posted to NSA Annapolis Facebook and “X”/Twitter accounts.

The RFI will close March 29, 2024. NSA Annapolis will thoroughly consider the ideas received from the RFI before moving forward with any subsequent Requests for Proposals. 

Google Translation Disclaimer

  • Google Translate, a third party service provided by Google, performs all translations directly and dynamically.
  • Commandant, Naval District Washington, has no control over the features, functions, or performance of the Google Translate service.
  • The automated translations should not be considered exact and should be used only as an approximation of the original English language content.
  • This service is meant solely for the assistance of limited English-speaking users of the website.
  • Commandant, Naval District Washington, does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, or timeliness of any information translated.
  • Some items cannot be translated, including but not limited to image buttons, drop down menus, graphics, photos, or portable document formats (pdfs).
  • Commandant, Naval District Washington, does not directly endorse Google Translate or imply that it is the only language translation solution available to users.
  • All site visitors may choose to use similar tools for their translation needs. Any individuals or parties that use Commandant, Naval District Washington, content in translated form, whether by Google Translate or by any other translation services, do so at their own risk.
  • IE users: Please note that Google Translate may not render correctly when using Internet Explorer. Users are advised to use MS Edge, Safari, Chrome, or Firefox browser to take full advantage of the Google Translate feature.
  • The official text of content on this site is the English version found on this website. If any questions arise related to the accuracy of the information contained in translated text, refer to the English version on this website, it is the official version.

Naval District Washington   |   1411 Parsons Ave SE Suite 200   |   Washington DC, 20374-5001
Official U.S. Navy Website