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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 …

Duke Energy to Build 13MW Solar Farm at Camp Lejeune

  • January 25, 2015
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Duke Energy, the nation’s largest electric power holding company, is working with the Navy to build a 13-megawatt solar facility at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in eastern North Carolina, the company’s first solar project at a military installation. The photovoltaic plant would 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 farm, which will be owned and operated by Duke, is expected online in 2015 …

Utility Plans to Build Solar Plants at Three Florida Airfields

  • January 22, 2015
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Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Co., is planning 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. If the solar farms are approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, the project’s developer, HelioSage, would begin construction in February 2016. The three plants would be expected to come online beginning in December 2016. The planned capacity for each of the solar farms is as follows: Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach (30 megawatts); Holley Field in Navarre (40 megawatts); and Saufley Field in Pensacola (50 megawatts) …

State Commission Approves Solar Project at Georgia Sub Base

  • December 21, 2014
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The Georgia Public Service Commission last week approved the construction of a solar project at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia. The Georgia Power Co., an operating utility of Southern Company, would finance, build and operate the project estimated to have a capacity of 30 megawatts. Georgia Power, which has supplied the base’s power since 1975, and the surrounding community also will use energy generated from the project …

Davis-Monthan Solar Array Outshines Goals for Output

  • December 18, 2014
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After its first year of operation, the solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz., has far surpassed officials’ expectations, generating more electricity and producing more savings than anticipated. “We expected the array to provide 35 percent of our total power needs. However, our calculations show it is providing well over 40 percent of our total need, and over 100 percent of our daytime energy usage,” said Lt. Col. Brian Stumpe, commander of the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron. “This amounts to a $500,000-per-year savings for Davis-Monthan and the Air Force …

State Commits $5.9M to Energy Upgrades at Massachusetts Installations

  • December 18, 2014
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Massachusetts will allocate $5.9 million to six installations to increase energy efficiency and shave operating costs in conjunction with the release of a strategic plan for reducing energy consumption, expanding the use of renewables and improving energy security at the bases, Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday. Project recommendations in the state’s “Clean Energy Assessment & Strategic Plan” include a new power plant at Hanscom Air Force Base, a new solar field outside Westover Air Reserve Base, energy conservation and efficiency measures at Joint Base Cape Cod, and building management system control upgrades and electric charging stations at all installations …

Biomass Plant Diversifies Army’s Portfolio of Renewables

  • November 24, 2014
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The 60-megawatt biomass plant at Fort Drum, N.Y., runs 24 hours a day powered by large quantities of residue from the harvest of timber in New York’s North Country. About 85 percent of the plant’s fuel mix is logging residue — primarily treetops and branches — with wood products reclaimed from demolition sites making up much of the balance, according to Larry Richardson, CEO of ReEnergy Holdings. A small amount comes from shredded tires …

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