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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 …

2MW Array under Construction at Dugway Proving Ground

  • August 11, 2015
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A 2-megawatt solar array under construction at Dugway Proving Ground is expected to generate 10 percent of the installation’s electricity needs while enhancing the energy security of the facility located 85 miles southwest of Salt Lake City. “Energy security is vital for the Army mission at Dugway. With aging infrastructure of the commercial power grid and frequent power outages, it’s critical we look at alternate methods to insure an uninterrupted power source,” said Don Smith, Dugway’s new garrison manager. The $7.7 million array requires 1,300 metal posts to hold 3,300 stationary solar panels. The array will save Dugway about $640,000 a year over 25 years …

Army Picks Developer for Ft. Campbell Solar Project

  • July 31, 2015
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The Army selected Baltimore, Md.-based Bithenergy to construct a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky., the first step in a process expected to culminate in a contract award, officials announced Wednesday. The Army Corps of Engineers Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville picked the firm from its multiple award task order contract’s (MATOC) small business solar pool. The Army plans to award Bithenergy a 27-year power purchase agreement for the solar photovoltaic array to be built on 25 acres at the post that had been used as a landfill, according to a Corps press release. Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability, said the announcement “represents a positive milestone for the Army in that this demonstrates installation-level ability to utilize the MATOC …

DOD Takings Steps to Lessen Utility Risks, but Challenges Remain with Cybersecurity Guidance

  • July 24, 2015
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The military services are taking steps to mitigate the risks posed by utility disruptions which have resulted in operational and fiscal impacts due to hazards such as mechanical failure and extreme weather, according to a new report by the Government Accountability Office. Installations have installed backup generators and conducted vulnerability assessments of their utility systems to prepare for future disruptions. DOD reported 180 utility disruptions lasting eight hours or longer in fiscal 2013, with an average financial impact of about $220,000 per day …

Public Service Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Marine Corps Base

  • July 24, 2015
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The Georgia Public Service Commission this week approved the construction of a 46-megawatt solar plant at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, marking the fifth Georgia military installation slated to host a new solar farm. The Marine Corps is still negotiating a final deal with Georgia Power, which will construct the facility at the southwestern Georgia installation and distribute the power generated to its customers, reported the Albany Herald. Contracts for solar facilities at Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay have already been approved. Georgia Power will construct all of those projects. The Marine Corps plant will be completed by the end of 2016 and have a 35-year life …

Solar Project at Robins AFB Falls behind Schedule

  • July 23, 2015
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Plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base through an enhanced use lease have fallen behind schedule since they were initially announced last July. At the time, Chicago-based New Generation Power planned to begin construction at a 50-acre site at the Middle Georgia installation by September, with the solar plant slated to go online by January 2015. So far, though, work has not progressed beyond clearing the forested site, reported the Telegraph. Officials from the Air Force and the developer still need to sign a final lease, said Mark Kinkade, a spokesman for the Air Force Civil Engineering Center. “Despite the extended timeline, the project is moving forward …

Groundbreaking Held at Camp Lejeune for 13MW Solar Farm

  • July 22, 2015
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Officials from the Navy, Marine Corps, Duke Energy and eastern North Carolina held a groundbreaking last week for a 13-megawatt solar farm on a 100-acre site at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The project will cost $25 million to $30 million, and is expected to be online by the end of the year. “In a world that has a lot of uncertainty, you need flexibility,” Dennis McGinn, assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment, said during the event. “You get flexibility in energy supply by having different sources of energy. And this solar project is a good example of having another aspect in the mix of the places we get energy. The fact that it’s distributed energy, the fact that it’s on a secure base, adds to that aspect of security …

‘Biggest Loser’ Campaign Spurring Energy Conservation at Overseas Navy Bases

  • July 21, 2015
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The Navy is using a new automated tool to track its installations’ progress slashing energy consumption, improving efficiency and increasing their reliance on renewable energy sources. The Navy Shore Geospatial Energy Module (NSGEM) is an interactive web map that visually depicts monthly energy usage for each facility at every installation, reported Navy Installations Command. “NSGEM is very important because it provides an easy way for sailors to understand efficiency at commands across the Navy all the way down to the facility level,” said Sandrine Schultz, NIC’s energy program director. The tool also is central to the “Energy Biggest Loser” competition taking place across Navy installations in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia …

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