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Army Not Favoring Utilities for New Development, Energy Officials Say

  • October 10, 2014
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Several of the Army’s most recent awards for the development of new renewable energy projects have gone to local utilities, but the service continues to maintain a balance between projects awarded to utilities and private developers, its top energy officials said Wednesday at a Pentagon media roundtable. In May, the Army announced plans to develop 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic arrays at three installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning — with the Georgia Power Co. Less than one month earlier, officials held a groundbreaking for an 18-megawatt solar project at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. “So it sounds like we’re doing all our projects with utilities,” said Amanda Simpson, executive director of the Army’s newly established Office of Energy Initiatives …

Air Force Searches for Partner to Develop 20MW Solar Array at Vandenberg AFB

  • October 9, 2014
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The Air Force has released a request for proposals for a 20-megawatt solar photovoltaic array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which will be tied directly into the base’s power grid. The array will span 170 acres on a demolished family housing site and generate an estimated 37,387 megawatt hours of electricity per year, enough to provide 25 percent of the base’s energy needs. The Air Force will enter into a long-term power purchase agreement with the winning developer, who will build, own and operate the system. The developer also will own and sell the renewable energy credits generated by the project, further lowering the cost for the Air Force …

County Extends Ban on Tall Energy Facilities to Protect Travis AFB

  • October 8, 2014
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In an effort to protect operations at Travis Air Force Base in northern California, the Solano County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended a prohibition on commercial renewable energy and wireless communication facilities exceeding 200 feet in height in the unincorporated parts of the county. The measure extends an interim ordinance for one year to address potential impacts to the installation’s radar operation and a new C-17 assault landing zone. “Both are potentially threatened by increased renewable energy development,” staff noted in a report to the board …

State Role to Help Ft. Campbell Solar Array Shine

  • October 6, 2014
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The four-way partnership that came together to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell includes a significant contribution from the commonwealth of Kentucky, the first time the Army has collaborated with a local energy provider and the state on an on-post solar project. The partnership among the Army, the Department of Energy (DOE), Pennyrile Rural Electric Cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post. The cooperative is financing about 500 kilowatts of the array, with Fort Campbell entering into a power purchase agreement for the remainder …

Army Secretary Praises Energy Group’s Achievements

  • October 6, 2014
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The Army last week formally announced the creation of the Office of Energy Initiatives, an enduring organization within the office of the assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment that will leverage and expand on the momentum and early success of the Energy Initiatives Task Force. The office will serve as the Army’s central management office for the development, implementation and oversight of all privately financed, large-scale renewable and alternative energy projects, greater than or equal to 10 megawatts. “Over the past three years, the EITF has guided more than 175 megawatts of privately financed renewable energy projects through procurement at multiple installations …

Solar Array at Ft. Campbell Relies on Multiple Partners

  • October 2, 2014
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A partnership made up of the Army, the Department of Energy, a local electric cooperative and the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet has agreed to develop a 5-megawatt solar array at Fort Campbell. Before DOE joined, the partnership amassed more than $10 million for the project, which will be built on 20 acres at an abandoned landfill on the post, according to a press release from the commonwealth of Kentucky. DOE will contribute an additional $800,000 to the project, which will consist of more than 16,000 solar modules. “This is an excellent opportunity for the Army to leverage both a utility energy services contract and a power purchase agreement, to deliver a system that will generate enough energy to power 463 homes, while avoiding 4.7 million tons per year of CO2 emissions …

Biomass Plant to Power Ft. Drum

  • October 1, 2014
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Fort Drum, N.Y., will obtain 100 percent of its on-site energy requirements under a contract the Army awarded to the owner and operator of a biomass power plant. ReEnergy Black River LLC, a subsidiary of ReEnergy Holdings LLC, will provide up to 28 megawatts of electricity from a facility that converts forest residues left over after trees are harvested into steam that runs a turbine to make electricity. The project is a joint effort between the Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Drum, DLA Energy and ReEnergy …

Navy Seeks Partners for Renewable Energy Development in California

  • September 30, 2014
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The Department of Energy’s Western Area Power Administration, in partnership with the Navy, has issued a request for proposals to meet the renewable energy needs of 14 Navy installations in California. The solicitation represents the largest single purchase of renewable energy by a DOD entity, according to a Navy press release. It also marks the first significant milestone by the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office, which Navy Secretary Ray Mabus stood up in May. The office was created to identify cost-effective renewable energy projects for Navy installations. The Navy plans to purchase power from a new renewable energy generation project for up to 25 years …

Federal Partnership to Train Veterans for Solar Industry Jobs

  • September 18, 2014
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The Energy Department will launch a veterans’ job training pilot project at up to three military installations this fall to train veterans for jobs in the solar industry, the White House announced Thursday. The pilot project will rely on DOE’s network of more than 400 community college-based solar training institutions to train veterans for jobs in solar system design, installation, sales and inspection, according to a White House fact sheet. The White House announced the project as part of more than a dozen executive actions to advance the deployment of solar energy and promote energy efficiency. In April, the administration launched the Capital Solar Challenge, directing federal agencies, military installations and federally subsidized complexes to identify opportunities to deploy solar energy at federal locations across the National Capital region. The General Services Administration is hosting an industry day on Oct. 23 to discuss potential opportunities and explain its procurement approach to developers and investors.

Army’s Push to Promote Large-Scale Renewable Projects Hits Stride

  • September 16, 2014
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After three years, and two weeks from becoming a permanent organization, the Army Energy Initiatives Task Force’s pipeline of prospective projects is essentially full. The task force, created in September 2011 to bolster the energy security of Army installations and help the service meet federal mandates to shift its reliance toward renewable energy, has identified more viable projects than it has the resources to pursue, Amanda Simpson, executive director of the task force, said Tuesday during a session of the Fifth Annual Federal Energy Workshop and Defense Energy Partnership Forum. “We have one of the largest and most defined renewable energy project pipelines in the country …

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