• Minnesota National Guard Installation Looks to Attain Net Zero Energy Status

    Minnesota National Guard Installation Looks to Attain Net Zero Energy Status0

    Camp Ripley, a 53,000-acre National Guard training site in central Minnesota, is poised to become a net zero energy installation after a $25 million solar array under construction is completed. The 63-acre array, which is about 75 percent complete, will be the largest solar project at a National Guard base, reported the Grand Forks Herald. The array is being built by Minnesota Power and will allow Camp Ripley to disconnect from the commercial grid if necessary. As a result, the installation has been designated as the secondary site for Minnesota’s state government to operate from in the event a terrorist attack or other disaster wipes out the Capitol and government buildings in St. Paul …

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  • Navy Test Site Evaluates Potential of Wave Energy Conversion Technologies

    Navy Test Site Evaluates Potential of Wave Energy Conversion Technologies0

    The ability to harness wave energy to power onshore facilities is still years away, but local officials in Hawaii remain excited by the potential for the renewable resource to help the state reach its goal of obtaining all of its energy from renewables by 2045. “If you want to get to 100 percent, we have to tap the ocean,” state Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R) said last week during a blessing ceremony for the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site at Kaneohe Bay located off Marine Corps Base Hawaii. “This is the most powerful renewable resource we have, and Hawaii is one of the best locations for it.” The Navy and Marine Corps are using the site, located about two-and-a-half miles from shore, to test various wave energy conversion technologies that can connect to the grid …

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  • State Board Approves 1.8MW Solar Array for Vermont Guard Facility

    State Board Approves 1.8MW Solar Array for Vermont Guard Facility0

    The Vermont Public Service Board last month approved the construction of a 1.8-megawatt solar array to power the Vermont Army National Guard facility in Westminster. The photovoltaic array would be built on a reclaimed gravel pit covering 17 acres that is part of an industrial park in the town. The developer, Spencer-TGC, plans to purchase the land and lease it back to the Army for $1 a year for 20 years. To meet state requirements for net metering, a project needs to be located on the property of the user, reported VT Digger. The array will supply about 71 percent of the National Guard facility’s electricity. The project was supported by Westminster’s town manager, but the Westminster Select Board expressed concern that it would inhibit the town’s economic growth. The project would occupy the town’s last parcel of undeveloped land designated for industrial or commercial use.

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  • Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation

    Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation0

    The Presidio of Monterey may be the nation’s greenest military installation. It has captured the Secretary of the Army’s Energy Award for the past four years, and in 2015 it won the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management award. Since 2007, the central California installation has shaved its total energy consumption by 32 percent while expanding facility space by 12 percent. If the Army could duplicate that accomplishment across all of its installations, the service could save more than $300 million annually, according to the Department of Energy …

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  • Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero

    Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero0

    As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away. When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation …

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  • Navy, Hawaiian Electric Co. Sign Lease for 28MW Solar Facility at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam

    Navy, Hawaiian Electric Co. Sign Lease for 28MW Solar Facility at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam0

    Officials from the Navy, Hawaiian Electric Co. and Hawaii held a lease-signing ceremony Thursday for a 28-megawatt direct current solar facility on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) in Honolulu. Hawaiian Electric will build, own and operate the solar facility at the joint base. In exchange for the land needed for the project, JBPHH will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades to Navy-owned base infrastructure, reported Navy Public Affairs. The energy generated by the solar facility will feed into the island’s electric grid and will serve all customers on Oahu, including JBPHH …

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