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Posts Tagged ‘renewable energy’

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 …

Army Taps SunPower for Solar Project at Redstone Arsenal

  • December 9, 2014
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The Army last week selected San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower Corp. to develop a large-scale solar power project at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., in the first task awarded under its $7 billion multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) for renewable energy. The project will provide up to 18,000 megawatt-hours per year of on-site renewable energy to Redstone, according to a release from the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. The project was open to proposals from 49 solar companies previously qualified under the MATOC, and is expected to include a lease and a power purchase agreement …

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 …

SolarCity to Install Solar Panels on Navy, Marine Corps Family Housing in San Diego

  • November 13, 2014
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The Navy’s family housing partner in San Diego reached a deal with SolarCity to purchase energy generated from rooftop solar photovoltaic systems installed on nearly 6,000 homes across 27 neighborhoods, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Thursday. The power purchase agreement between SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing represents one of the solar provider’s largest residential efforts under its SolarStrong initiative to provide energy to military housing communities across the country. The San Diego rooftop installations would add 20 megawatts or more of renewable energy capacity to the Navy’s portfolio …

Navy Searches for Efficient Energy Solution at Guantanamo Bay

  • November 11, 2014
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The Navy is looking to the energy industry for ideas as it searches for a viable energy source for the unique environment of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. With the base infrastructure due for upgrades, Naval Facilities Engineering Command last week hosted 100 energy experts in Jacksonville, Fla., to discuss the potential for energy development there. While officials have listed prospective projects such as photovoltaic, waste-to-energy, energy-efficient generator power and automated controls, NAVFAC is not specifying what kind of project it wants; instead, it is soliciting recommendations from industry …

Obama Required to Explain Order Blocking Chinese Investment in Wind Farms, Judge Rules

  • November 10, 2014
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The Obama administration needs to explain why it moved in September 2012 to prohibit a Chinese company from acquiring four wind farms located near a Navy training facility in north central Oregon, a federal judge ruled last week. The order by a U.S. judge for the District of Columbia also requires the president to justify withholding any information from Chinese-owned Ralls Corp. on grounds of executive privilege. It does not, however, require the federal government to disclose classified information. Judge Amy Jackson’s order followed a ruling in July by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that Obama had violated the company’s constitutional due process rights when he blocked the firm’s purchase of the wind farms …

Army Celebrates Deal to Meet Ft. Drum’s Energy Needs through Biomass Plant

  • November 5, 2014
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New York’s two senators, the Army’s top installations official, and state and local representatives gathered last week at Fort Drum for a signing ceremony commemorating an agreement that will allow the post to obtain 100 percent of its energy requirements from an on-site biomass generation facility. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will operate the biomass facility, which has a 60-megawatt system capacity, more than double the installation’s peak load of 28 megawatts. The plant will provide electricity to the utility grid. The project is a joint effort between the Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Energy Department Funds Testing of Wave Energy Devices at Hawaiian Base

  • October 30, 2014
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The Department of Energy is providing $10 million to two companies to test wave energy conversion technologies in the late stages of development at a Navy site off the waters of Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The two companies, Ocean Energy USA and Northwest Energy Innovations, will test their marine and hydrokinetic (MHK) technologies for one year in new deep water test berths, according to a press release. The tests will collect performance, reliability and cost data. MHK technologies convert the energy of waves, tides, rivers, and ocean currents into electricity …

DLA Releases Renewable Energy RFP for Navy Installations in Texas

  • October 28, 2014
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The Defense Logistics Agency Energy this week issued a request for proposals for the purchase of renewable energy to power three Navy installations in Texas from a new off-site generation facility. The plant would supply up to 55 megawatts of electricity to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, NAS Kingsville and Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth over a period of 10 years. The power will be delivered through the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, according to a press release from the Navy Renewable Energy Program Office …

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