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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 …

Navy, Georgia Power Reach Deal for Solar Project at Sub Base Kings Bay

  • July 17, 2015
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The Navy this week signed a real estate outgrant with Georgia Power to develop a 30-megawatt solar farm at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay on the southern coast of Georgia. The outgrant provides Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Co., access to 258 acres of land to install ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels. Energy generated by the project will be routed to Georgia Power’s transmission lines and distributed to its customers. By developing the solar farm on-base, the Navy can physically secure it behind the installation’s fence lines and will benefit from having a new power source close to the base. The project is estimated to represent a $75 million investment …

DOD Selects Partner for Hybrid Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood

  • June 18, 2015
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Defense Logistics Agency Energy, in conjunction with the Army, this week selected Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a large-scale renewable energy project that will rely on an onsite solar component along with energy generated at a wind farm located 350 miles away. The hybrid project will feature a 15-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at the central Texas post and 50.6 megawatts (alternating current) of wind energy from the firm’s Cotton Plains wind energy facility on the Texas Panhandle. The project will be micro-grid capable, according to a fact sheet from the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. “We’re excited to partner with Apex Clean Energy in this first-of-its-kind hybrid project,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment …

Ft. Campbell Breaks Ground on Solar Array

  • June 14, 2015
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Officials from Fort Campbell and an electric cooperative last month held a groundbreaking ceremony at the site of a capped landfill for a solar array slated to produce 5 megawatts of energy. The Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. will construct the first phase of the project which will provide about 1.9 megawatts of energy capable of “plugging in” directly into the Kentucky post’s power grid, reported the Army. The cooperative is using a $3.1 million grant from the state to supplement the cost of building its portion of the ground-mounted solar panel system. This phase should be completed in September …

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