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State Approves 13MW Solar Project at Camp Lejeune

  • April 19, 2015
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The North Carolina Utilities Commission last week approved Duke Energy’s plan to construct a 13-megawatt solar farm at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. The farm will cover 80 acres, and connect to the electric grid at a Duke Energy Progress substation on the base. Power generated by the project will be available to the utility’s customers, with Camp Lejeune continuing to purchase energy from Duke. The solar array, the company’s first at a military installation, is expected to go online this year …

Florida Approves Solar Farms at Three Military Airfields

  • April 16, 2015
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The Florida Public Service Commission on Thursday approved Gulf Power’s plans to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar power at three military facilities on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Eglin Air Force Base and the Navy’s Holley and Saufley fields. Construction by the project’s developer, HelioSage Energy, is scheduled to begin in February 2016, with the three plants expected to come online by December 2016, reported the Northwest Florida Daily News. “Adding solar energy to our portfolio is another step in further diversifying our energy mix,” said Stan Connally, Gulf Power president and CEO. “Through careful planning, we’ve been able to work alongside our military partners to help provide cost-effective renewable energy — and all our customers will reap the benefit …

Utility’s Guilty Plea to Environmental Violations Could Jeopardize Power Supply to N.C. Bases

  • April 15, 2015
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Duke Energy, the only major electricity supplier in North Carolina, is negotiating with the Environmental Protection Agency for a waiver from a federal statute barring defendants that commit criminal violations from engaging in business with federal entities. If an agreement can’t be worked out, the nation’s largest electric utility would be barred from serving military installations and other federal facilities in North Carolina, Duke said in federal court on Tuesday …

Rural Utility Agrees to $7.6M Settlement for Overbilling Ft. Knox

  • April 14, 2015
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Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative agreed to pay $7.6 million to the federal government over charges that it billed the Army for energy-saving projects at Fort Knox, Ky., that should never have been authorized, federal prosecutors said Monday. Prosecutors said the Kentucky utility received $8 million for 20 projects that were touted as saving more than $7 million over a decade but actually were estimated to lose more than $15 million over that period, reported the Lexington Herald-Leader. Prosecutors also cited several incidents in which Nolin charged the Army for projects that had not been approved by listing the costs under unrelated, but authorized, projects …

Ft. Detrick Array to Help Post Meet Net Zero Target

  • April 13, 2015
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Leadership from the military, local officials and a Framingham, Mass.-based energy developer broke ground at Fort Detrick earlier this month on an estimated $35 million, 18.6-megawatt solar array. The project, which calls for the installation of 60,000 solar panels on 67 acres, will help the Frederick, Md., installation take a significant step toward reaching its net zero goals for energy. “We made a commitment to be a net zero community for energy,” said Maj. Gen. Brian Lein, commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick …

Army Issues RFP for Ft. Campbell Solar Project

  • April 12, 2015
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The Army last week released a request for proposals for a 3.1-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Army intends to procure a 27-year power purchase agreement for the array through the renewable energy multiple award task order contract small business solar pool. That acquisition will be combined with a 10-year utility energy services contract with Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation …

DOD Intervention Needed to Fully Leverage Partnership Authorities, Paper Says

  • April 5, 2015
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The military services are increasingly relying on public-private and public-public partnerships (P4s) to enhance the military value of bases and deliver many support services more efficiently, but the Defense Department will need to clarify its authorities and establish implementation procedures to fully promote P4s, according to a new paper published by the National Defense University.
“While P4 is not a new concept, it has never received as much attention as it does today as a tool or technique to accomplish DOD missions,” writes author Samuel Bendett. “More practitioners are now being exposed to P4s, and it is expected they will consider them equal to or in lieu of traditional procurement …

18.6MW Solar Project Advances at Ft. Detrick

  • March 31, 2015
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Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in coordination with the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, last month awarded a contract to Framingham, Mass.-based Ameresco to build an 18.6-megawatt solar photovoltaic facility at Fort Detrick. Under the 25-year power purchase agreement that was reached, the post will purchase all power generated by the solar plant at a cost equal to or less than current and projected electricity costs. The solar PV system will be designed as “microgrid ready,” allowing it to be connected to a future microgrid. Ameresco will finance, design, build, operate, own and maintain the production facilities at the installation located in Frederick, Md. The firm also will fund construction of a 4-kilovolt distribution line of about one mile in length. The project is scheduled to be operational by March 2016, according to the Office of Energy Initiatives. Fort Detrick is one of the Army’s pilot Net Zero installations; it’s aiming to become net zero for energy by 2020.

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 …

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