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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 …

Army Holds Ribbon-Cutting for Solar Array at Ft. Huachuca

  • February 12, 2015
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Officials from the Army and Tucson Electric Power on Wednesday dedicated a 17.2-megawatt solar array at Fort Huachuca that ranks as one of DOD’s largest and is expected to supply one-quarter of the southeastern Arizona post’s electricity requirements. The 68-acre project — a joint effort among the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Huachuca, General Services Administration, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables — was developed through a GSA area-wide public utility contract. Under the agreement, TEP funded the project and will own and operate it; E.ON managed design and construction …

DOD Energy Consumption Hits Record Low

  • February 11, 2015
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Energy use by the Defense Department, including both installation and operational energy, in fiscal 2013 fell to the lowest level recorded since at least FY 1975, according to a new report from the Energy Information Administration. DOD’s overall share of federal energy usage dropped from 87 percent in 1975 to 78 percent in 2013. Installation energy — which includes the energy required to operate installations, including energy required by non-combat vehicles — accounts for 30 percent of the department’s consumption. The agency attributed the decline to a handful of policy initiatives, along with the drawdown of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan …

SunZia Transmission Line Gains Federal Approval despite Local Opposition

  • January 26, 2015
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With the full support of the Defense Department, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on Saturday announced her agency had granted final approval to a 515-mile, high-voltage transmission line from New Mexico to Arizona that crosses the northern tip of White Sands Missile Range. Last year, DOD and the Bureau of Land Management reached a compromise calling for the developer of the SunZia project to bury five miles of the line to eliminate conflicts with training and weapons testing on White Sands’ northern extension. On Saturday, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment, joined Jewell at Sandia National Laboratories to signal the Pentagon’s stance that the project would not interfere with operations at the missile range …

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) …

Landfill Gas Plant Helps Power JB Elmendorf-Richardson

  • January 12, 2015
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While solar power may not be viable in Alaska, officials at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage are generating a significant share of their energy needs through renewable sources. A landfill gas plant on the installation generates more than 56,000 megawatt-hours, or 26 percent of the installation’s electrical load, relying on the Anchorage municipal solid waste landfill adjacent to the base, reported the joint base’s public affairs office. The plant, which primarily uses methane, is allowing the installation to exceed a federal goal of obtaining 7.5 percent of its electric consumption from renewable sources …

DLA Issues Renewable Energy RFP for East Coast Installations

  • December 22, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy issued requests for proposal last week for the purchase of renewable energy to serve two major load points, one for seven Navy installations in the Washington, D.C., area, and the second for four Navy installations in the mid-Atlantic region. Together the two RFPs could result in the award of 100 to 200 megawatts of electricity from new generation facilities over a 20-year period, reported the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office. “Strategically placed renewable energy can create reliable access to energy for DON [Navy] installations and provide a myriad of benefits to the surrounding communities,” said Robert Griffin, executive director of the Renewable Energy Program Office …

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 …

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