In Other News: Rooftop Solar to Make a Dent in Energy Costs for Shaw AFB Housing; Air Force Finds Contaminated Sites outside Cannon AFB

In Other News: Rooftop Solar to Make a Dent in Energy Costs for Shaw AFB Housing; Air Force Finds Contaminated Sites outside Cannon AFB

Hunt Southern Group, Duke Energy and Shaw AFB, S.C., this week celebrated the completion of a rooftop solar project covering 284 homes at the Sumter, S.C., installation, an initiative projected to offset 40 percent, or 2.4 million kilowatt hours, of Shaw Military Housing’s total annual electrical consumption. The project, made up of 5,865 solar panels, was made possible by state legislation passed in 2014 which provided a framework for customers to install solar on their homes and businesses through strategic programs such as net metering and rebate offerings, according to a press release. Under the initiative, 100 percent of the revenue generated, after the lease of the solar panels, will be used to sustain the housing project. … Air Force testing of 25 private water sites in a four-mile space outside Cannon AFB’s southeast corner identified three locations with elevated levels of PFAS contaminants, according to the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC). Contaminant levels at two other sites in east central New Mexico were below the Environmental Protection Agency’s health advisory levels; the remaining 20 locations showed no evidence of the chemicals, reported the Eastern New Mexico News. “And I think that helps tighten this window,” said AFCEC spokesman Mark Kinkade. “I think there’s this fear that this stuff’s all over the place. It’s a very narrow window, it’s a very narrow space that we’re looking at,” said Kinkade. The Air Force is providing bottled water to the owners at two of the sites; the third did not request that.

Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. William Banton

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