• Tornado Damages Solar Project at Minnesota National Guard Site

    Tornado Damages Solar Project at Minnesota National Guard Site0

    A 10-megawatt solar array still under construction at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota was damaged after a tornado tore through the 53,000-acre National Guard training site last week. About 25 percent of the 97 rows of solar panels sustained damage on Sept. 7, including twisted and broken racks that hold the solar panels in place, broken panels and damaged wiring, according to a Minnesota Power press release. The panels were crushed by a large storage container and other debris blown into the array. The utility has begun developing a plan to repair or replace damaged components …

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  • Navy Close to Deal to Develop Solar Array at NAS Jacksonville

    Navy Close to Deal to Develop Solar Array at NAS Jacksonville0

    The Navy expects to complete a deal shortly with a utility to build a solar farm on 50 acres at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The project is estimated to generate 5 megawatts of electricity that would be delivered to the commercial grid, reported WOKV. An environmental assessment determined the project would not have a significant impact. “The solar project would benefit both the local community and the Navy, bringing renewable energy to the area and energy security with it being on Navy property,” Sue Brink, a spokeswoman for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, told the radio station. The secretary of the Navy set a goal for the service’s shore-based operations to acquire one-half of their electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020. After surpassing the secretary’s goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015, the Navy now is exploring the latest advances such as battery storage, electrification, fuel cells and microgrids to further enhance its energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availability.

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  • Cyber Activities Heighten Importance of Energy Assurance, James Says

    Cyber Activities Heighten Importance of Energy Assurance, James Says0

    Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James last week highlighted the service’s shift to a more comprehensive approach to meeting its energy goals that balances the need for cleaner sources of energy, a competitive cost and energy resiliency. The Air Force’s new approach will be carried out by the Office of Energy Assurance, which will develop privately financed, large-scale clean energy projects. The office, which was created in March, will leverage existing tools and authorities to procure large-scale energy projects, including power purchase agreements, direct funding and enhanced use leasing. “We are going to have to make sure there’s some money there. Like with any new approach you perhaps start on the smaller side and then you scale from there,” James said …

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  • Minnesota National Guard Installation Looks to Attain Net Zero Energy Status

    Minnesota National Guard Installation Looks to Attain Net Zero Energy Status0

    Camp Ripley, a 53,000-acre National Guard training site in central Minnesota, is poised to become a net zero energy installation after a $25 million solar array under construction is completed. The 63-acre array, which is about 75 percent complete, will be the largest solar project at a National Guard base, reported the Grand Forks Herald. The array is being built by Minnesota Power and will allow Camp Ripley to disconnect from the commercial grid if necessary. As a result, the installation has been designated as the secondary site for Minnesota’s state government to operate from in the event a terrorist attack or other disaster wipes out the Capitol and government buildings in St. Paul …

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  • Navy Test Site Evaluates Potential of Wave Energy Conversion Technologies

    Navy Test Site Evaluates Potential of Wave Energy Conversion Technologies0

    The ability to harness wave energy to power onshore facilities is still years away, but local officials in Hawaii remain excited by the potential for the renewable resource to help the state reach its goal of obtaining all of its energy from renewables by 2045. “If you want to get to 100 percent, we have to tap the ocean,” state Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R) said last week during a blessing ceremony for the Navy’s Wave Energy Test Site at Kaneohe Bay located off Marine Corps Base Hawaii. “This is the most powerful renewable resource we have, and Hawaii is one of the best locations for it.” The Navy and Marine Corps are using the site, located about two-and-a-half miles from shore, to test various wave energy conversion technologies that can connect to the grid …

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  • State Board Approves 1.8MW Solar Array for Vermont Guard Facility

    State Board Approves 1.8MW Solar Array for Vermont Guard Facility0

    The Vermont Public Service Board last month approved the construction of a 1.8-megawatt solar array to power the Vermont Army National Guard facility in Westminster. The photovoltaic array would be built on a reclaimed gravel pit covering 17 acres that is part of an industrial park in the town. The developer, Spencer-TGC, plans to purchase the land and lease it back to the Army for $1 a year for 20 years. To meet state requirements for net metering, a project needs to be located on the property of the user, reported VT Digger. The array will supply about 71 percent of the National Guard facility’s electricity. The project was supported by Westminster’s town manager, but the Westminster Select Board expressed concern that it would inhibit the town’s economic growth. The project would occupy the town’s last parcel of undeveloped land designated for industrial or commercial use.

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