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Navy Set to Surpass Target for Renewable Energy Use

  • June 12, 2015
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With the Navy on course to meet its goal of producing 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at its installations by Jan. 1, five years ahead of schedule, Secretary Ray Mabus is ready to raise the bar.
“I’m not satisfied stopping there. We can do better than that over the next five years,” Mabus said Wednesday at the 2015 GreenGov Symposium in Washington. The Air Force and Army also are striving to produce 1 gigawatt of renewable energy at their installations, but they don’t expect to reach that goal until 2020 at the earliest. To increase its shore installations’ reliance on renewables, the Navy is exploring a variety of alternative sources, including solar, wind, geothermal, hydrothermal and wave energy …

New Energy Roadmap for Army Embraces Resource Challenges

  • June 8, 2015
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The Army has adopted a new strategic roadmap that calls for integrating energy security and sustainability into all aspects of planning, procurement, construction, land use and training throughout the department, including host communities. “This strategy represents a turning point,” Undersecretary Brad Carson and Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Daniel Allyn said in a letter prefacing the new document to Army leaders. “The Army is evolving from a historic framework that viewed resource considerations as constraints on operational effectiveness to a perspective that considers the critical role of energy, water, and land resources as mission enablers. Such an integrated perspective requires balanced decisions to achieve the greatest military benefit while keeping faith with civilian communities …

Milcon Panel Praises DOD’s Energy Initiatives

  • May 31, 2015
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The Senate Military Construction and Veterans Affairs Appropriations Subcommittee commends the Defense Department for its efforts to invest in renewable energy projects and energy security, improve the energy efficiency of its facilities and reduce its energy consumption, according to the committee report accompanying the fiscal 2016 milcon spending bill. Those efforts, along with the department’s programs to enhance water conservation and to improve the security of installation energy sources, are critical components of DOD’s strategy to meet federal goals for reliance on renewable energy and resource conservation …

Ft. Hunter Liggett Poised to Reach Net Zero

  • May 26, 2015
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Design work on a project to outfit dozens of building with solar panels and install a battery storage system at Fort Hunter Liggett is scheduled to begin shortly, putting the central California Army Reserve installation on a path to net zero energy use. The $22 million project, funded through the energy conservation investment program, includes 5 megawatts of photovoltaic power generation and a 3-megawatt-hour battery energy storage system. The 5-megawatt solar project will include about 500,000 square feet of roof-mounted photovoltaic arrays …

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 …

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