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North Carolina Solar Farm to Supply Power to NS Norfolk

  • September 27, 2015
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Naval Station Norfolk will purchase 25 megawatts of direct current from a solar farm now under construction in northeastern North Carolina, officials announced last week. The Navy will purchase the energy through a 10-year agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, the installation’s current provider. Invenergy Solar Development is developing the fixed-tilt, solar photovoltaic generation facility, which will span 110 acres and consist of 81,054 solar panels. The project is scheduled to come into service by April 2016 and is expected to supply 6 percent of the naval station’s energy needs …

Military’s Clean Energy Push Could Help States Meet New Mandates

  • September 22, 2015
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The military’s concerted effort to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources to power its installations is benefitting the civilian sector as well, lowering prices for renewables and curbing the demand for new power plants dependent on fossil fuels. Most significantly, DOD’s shift to clean energy could make it easier for states to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring them to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, reports the Washington Post. “If the Army, Navy and Air Force met their combined announced goals of renewable energy capacity, the Defense Department could meet South Dakota’s challenging emissions reduction requirements nearly one and a half times over,” said Matt Stanberry, vice president for market development at Advanced Energy Economy …

Conservation Measures at NAS Oceana to Save $6M Annually

  • September 15, 2015
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A far-reaching energy savings performance contract (ESPC) for Naval Air Station Oceana, begun in 2002 and scheduled for completion in two years, is expected to save the Navy $6 million in annual energy costs. The project, led by Trane, is designed to trim energy consumption by more than 40 percent across more than 100 retrofitted buildings at the Virginia Beach installation, reported GreenBiz. The largest component of the effort has been decommissioning Oceana’s aging steam plant, which had deteriorated from corrosion. Developing an alternate power source drove significant energy savings …

Energy Transmission Line to Avoid Portion of White Sands

  • September 14, 2015
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A power transmission line that will carry renewable energy across the Southwestern United States will follow its original planned path rather than one that would run north of the White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) call-up area. New Mexico State Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn expressed concern the potential realignment would affect operations of the military training and missile testing done in that portion of the base.

Navy, Power Company Celebrate Solar Plant Groundbreaking at Sub Base Kings Bay

  • September 13, 2015
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Officials from the Navy and Georgia Power broke ground Thursday on a 30-megawatt solar plant at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on the southern coast of Georgia. Installation of about 136,000 solar photovoltaic panels on 258 acres at the base should be completed by the end of 2016. The groundbreaking marks the fifth Georgia military installation slated to host a new solar farm. Since April, the utility has participated in groundbreakings for 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic arrays at three Army posts in the state — Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning. In July, the Georgia Public Service Commission approved construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany …

Air Force, Tech Center Partner to Build Microgrid at JB Pearl Harbor-Hickam

  • September 13, 2015
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The Air Force is partnering with the Hawaii Center for Advanced Transportation Technologies to develop a microgrid demonstration project at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam that will strengthen energy resiliency for the 154th Wing of the Hawaii Air National Guard. The Air Force Research Lab is supporting the $20 million cooperative agreement with an initial commitment of $3.2 million. Electricity for the microgrid testbed will come from an existing on-base Air Force-HCATT hydrogen fuel cell and other planned onsite renewable energy projects. The project will support the Air National Guard, including facilities that support the maintenance, readiness and operations of the 199th Fighter Squadron …

Navy Project Reaches Milestone in Harvesting Ocean’s Energy Potential

  • September 3, 2015
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A Navy-funded research project in Hawaii celebrated the completion of the world’s largest operational ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plant last month, a significant milestone despite the limited size of the project. The dedication ceremony led by Makai Ocean Engineering in Kona on the Big Island also marked the first time a closed-cycle OTEC plant has been connected to the U.S. grid. Makai’s power plant uses the temperature difference between the ocean’s cold, deep water and warm surface water to boil ammonia, using the resulting steam to generate electricity, according to a company press release. The plant located at the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority will generate 100 kilowatts of energy, enough to power 120 homes …

DOD, Hawaii Share Ambition to Adopt Renewables

  • August 28, 2015
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Hawaii Gov. David Ige’s bold plan to supply 100 percent of the state’s electricity requirements from renewable sources by 2045 has been embraced by residents, the state’s major utility and one key stakeholder — the military. DOD installations have been striving to reduce their reliance on fossil fuels for more than a decade, so it’s hardly surprising the military supports Hawaii’s initiative. The state’s plan can be expected to reinforce the Pentagon’s drive to reduce its vulnerability to interruptions in the commercial grid, especially since about 50 percent of the electricity generated in Hawaii is used to power military installations, reports the Nation. One specific risk the state’s shift to renewables should address is the danger posed by tsunamis and rising sea levels stemming from climate change …

White House Pushes Military Housing Partners to Add Solar Capacity

  • August 25, 2015
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Four military housing developers have established new goals for generating solar energy at their housing projects as a result of a White House effort to accelerate the nation’s transition to renewable energy and promote clean energy jobs. The four military housing companies — Balfour Beatty Communities, Corvias Solutions, Lincoln Military Housing and United Communities — committed to installing 233 megawatts of solar capacity at more than 40 installations by the end of 2016, according to a White House press release. About 72 megawatts of solar infrastructure already has been installed on over 60,000 privatized military housing units. The four firms’ commitments were made following an event earlier this summer hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In addition to reducing annual carbon emissions by 324 metric tons, the additional solar capacity will save military families money on their energy bills and enhance the energy security of military communities …

Navy Signs Massive Power Purchase Deal for 14 California Bases

  • August 21, 2015
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The Navy, Western Area Power Administration and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power on Thursday held a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., marking an agreement for eight Navy installations and six Marine Corps bases in California to obtain power from a 210-megawatt direct current solar facility scheduled for construction 60 miles west of Phoenix. The agreement — which will meet one-third of the installations’ energy requirements over its 25-year term — is the largest purchase of renewable energy ever made by a federal entity, according to a Navy press release. Sempra will begin constructing Mesquite Solar 3, which will include more than 650,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted, horizontal, single-axis trackers, this month …

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