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SunPower Breaks Ground on 15MW Solar Plant at Nellis AFB

  • March 29, 2015
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Officials from the Air Force, SunPower Corp. and NV Energy held a groundbreaking ceremony last week at Nellis AFB, Nev., for a 15-megawatt solar project that will be built over a closed landfill on the base’s south side. The $50 million project represents SunPower’s second photovoltaic effort at Nellis. The company built a 13.2-megawatt plant in 2007. Combined, the two plants will power base facilities exclusively on solar energy during daylight hours, reported the Law Vegas Review-Journal. “When this solar array is online, combined with our first solar array, Nellis will be host to the largest solar photonics system in the Department of Defense,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, commander of the 99th Air Base Wing …

For Installations, Affordable Energy Storage Remains Holy Grail of Resiliency

  • March 12, 2015
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An efficient means to store renewable energy is the missing ingredient that would allow military installations to keep running in the event the commercial grid goes down, Army officials said Tuesday at an Association of the U.S. Army forum. “Right now we have solar panels that when the sun goes down, the power goes down,” said Robert Sperberg, chief of the facilities policy division in the office of the assistant chief of staff for installation management. “We’re 98 percent dependent on the grid,” Sperberg said. “What happens to the grid, happens to the installation, happens to our ability to serve …

Community of Stakeholders Needed to Support Installations’ Net Zero Initiative

  • March 2, 2015
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To ensure its success, the Army’s Net Zero Initiative — an effort to reduce the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero — requires the support of a variety of stakeholders, including contractors, utility providers, municipalities, residents and regulatory agencies, according to the latest article published in the Journal of Defense Communities. Since the 17 pilot installations participating in the initiative were selected four years ago, these stakeholders have been collaborating with installation officials to realize the Army’s goals of slashing energy use and producing energy onsite from renewable sources, trimming water use while sustaining the local aquifer, and reducing solid waste streams. Carrying out Net Zero waste programs, for instance, requires greater interaction between the installation and local municipalities as the post may not have sufficient quantities of materials to make a recycling initiative viable …

Air Force Picks Schneider Electric for Energy Savings Contract at Robins AFB

  • March 2, 2015
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The Air Force has selected Schneider Electric Buildings Americas to implement an energy savings performance contract at Robins Air Force Base, Ga. The scope of the ESPC includes optimizing or decentralizing a central steam heating plant; installing industrial control systems to coordinate all heating, ventilation and air conditioning, lighting and hot water systems for each facility; creating a net zero energy complex within the dormitory area; and retro-commissioning up to 40 other facilities across the base …

Native Landscaping, Drip Irrigation Slashes Water Use at Laughlin AFB

  • February 25, 2015
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With this month’s completion of the first phase of a water conservation project at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, the installation is one step closer to saving more than 61 million gallons of water per year and an estimated $500,000 in annual utility and maintenance costs. The project employs xeriscaping, the process of removing conventional landscaping and replacing it with native, drought-tolerant plants and rock features, and a centrally controlled drip line irrigation system. The approach has been carried out at a number of other Air Force installations, reported AFCEC Public Affairs. Prior to the project, Laughlin consumed an average of 216 million gallons of potable water each year, much of it through conventional manual irrigation of base landscaping …

DOE Initiative Preparing Service Members for Solar Industry Jobs prior to Separation

  • February 19, 2015
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Transitioning service members at three military installations are receiving training for jobs in the solar industry through a pilot program run by the Department of Energy (DOE). This pilot is enabled by DOD’s SkillBridge initiative, which allows exiting military personnel to pursue civilian job training, employment skills training, apprenticeships and internships up to six months prior to their separation date. Service members who graduate from the solar training program will gain the skills to size and install solar panels, safely connect electricity to the grid, and interpret and comply with local building codes …

Infrastructure Upgrades to Save Letterkenny $4M Annually

  • February 16, 2015
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Letterkenny Army Depot, Pa., is expected to cut its energy use more than 25 percent, reduce water consumption nearly 50 percent, and generate about $4.1 million in annual energy and operational savings as the result of a $43.6 million infrastructure modernization project. The upgrades are part of a 20-year energy savings performance contract with Honeywell to make extensive improvements at Letterkenny without an upfront capital investment by the Army. The work is backed by a financial firm and Honeywell guarantees the upgrades can generate the projected savings necessary to repay the loan …

Army Holds Ribbon-Cutting for Solar Array at Ft. Huachuca

  • February 12, 2015
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Officials from the Army and Tucson Electric Power on Wednesday dedicated a 17.2-megawatt solar array at Fort Huachuca that ranks as one of DOD’s largest and is expected to supply one-quarter of the southeastern Arizona post’s electricity requirements. The 68-acre project — a joint effort among the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Huachuca, General Services Administration, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables — was developed through a GSA area-wide public utility contract. Under the agreement, TEP funded the project and will own and operate it; E.ON managed design and construction …

DOD Energy Consumption Hits Record Low

  • February 11, 2015
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Energy use by the Defense Department, including both installation and operational energy, in fiscal 2013 fell to the lowest level recorded since at least FY 1975, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. DOD’s overall share of federal energy usage dropped from 87 percent in 1975 to 78 percent in 2013. Installation energy — which includes the energy required to operate installations, including energy required by non-combat vehicles — accounts for 30 percent of the department’s consumption. The agency attributed the decline to a handful of policy initiatives, along with the drawdown of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan …

Downsizing Has an Upside for Energy Efficiency

  • February 10, 2015
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Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, learned about several initiatives that are improving sustainability at Fort Campbell, Ky., during a visit last week. The relocation of the post’s Noncommissioned Officer Academy moved the school from an aging facility dating from World War II to a newly renovated building that is more energy efficient and cheaper to maintain, reported the Fort Campbell Courier. “They were in old World War II wood buildings that were failing,” Hammack said. “We were able to move them to something that was a lot better …

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