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Army, Georgia Utility Break Ground on Arrays at Forts Gordon, Stewart

  • May 18, 2015
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Officials from the Army and Georgia Power last week held groundbreaking ceremonies for 30-megawatt solar farms at Forts Gordon and Stewart, the last two legs of the Army’s Georgia 3×30 project. In April, Fort Benning hosted a groundbreaking for a third 30-megawatt solar photovoltaic array. All three arrays will provide energy to Georgia Power’s main grid, with the installations continuing to purchase power through an existing General Services Administration area-wide public utility contract. The projects will, however, provide the posts a means to generate power during an emergency. The solar plants — which will be financed, installed, owned and operated by the utility — should be operational in spring 2016 …

Utility to Build Solar Farm at Navy Sites on Guam

  • May 11, 2015
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The Navy is planning to lease almost 200 acres to the Guam Power Authority to install photovoltaic solar panels in eight locations capable of generating up to 43.8 megawatts of power. Officials are seeking public comment on the project after issuing a draft environmental assessment Friday. Four of the arrays would be located at Navy Base Guam in the southern half of the island, and four arrays would be located at sites in northern Guam, reported Stars and Stripes. “We approached the Navy several years ago with a request to possibly utilize their properties, and today we believe we’ve reached a major milestone in our process with the publishing of this draft EA for public comments,” said John Benavente, general manager of the Guam Power Authority …

Ft. Knox Demonstrates Ability to Turn off Grid

  • May 7, 2015
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Fort Knox celebrated its energy independence Wednesday, the culmination of a long-term effort to protect the Kentucky post from interruptions in the commercial grid’s power supply by harvesting the natural gas beneath its surface. The installation’s energy security initiative was prompted by a devastating ice storm in 2009 that cut off power to Fort Knox and much of the state for almost a week. Since then, the post has installed hundreds of 500-foot-deep wells and almost 600 miles of underground piping to heat and cool 6 million square feet of building space with geothermal energy. To further leverage the methane gas underneath it, Fort Knox built six new energy substations that include gas generators to allow it to continue 100 percent of its operations if power from its utility provider is interrupted …

Committee Seeks Update on Services’ Net Zero Progress

  • April 22, 2015
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All three services are embarking on ambitious efforts to increase the environmental sustainability of their installations, with the ultimate goal of reducing the consumption of energy, water and waste resources to an effective rate of zero. These efforts — first launched by the Army in 2011 under its Net Zero Initiative — are helping the military conserve energy while increasing its reliance on renewable energy sources and enhancing its energy security; reduce consumption of freshwater resources so as not to deplete groundwater; and limit the use of landfills. The efforts also are aimed at saving money …

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 …

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 …

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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