Air Force Renewable Energy Projects Advance toward One Gigawatt Goal

Air Force officials are envisioning one of the military’s largest energy ventures to take shape at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, a project expected to generate at least 50 to 60 megawatts of renewable energy.

Last November, the Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) selected the team of Starwood Siemens, with lead developer Energy Management, to develop energy projects on four separate parcels at the central New Jersey installation through an enhanced use lease (EUL). The exact size of the project has not yet been determined as negotiations with the development team are still under way, but it will be significant, according to project manager Larry Lucas.

“This is a big project … the biggest proposed to the Department of Defense with the best potential return to the government,” Lucas said.

One proposal for the projects calls for an energy park that would integrate several clean energy technologies. One component of the project may rely on clean natural gas in combination with renewable energy technologies. The team is made up of Starwood Energy Group, Siemens, Keenan Development Associates and CB&I.

AFCEC is working on eight energy EULs, including two renewable energy projects expected to close later this year — a solar power project at Luke AFB with Arizona Power Service and one at Robins AFB, Ga. The eight projects have the potential to produce 928 megawatts of energy, reported AFCEC public affairs.

“Each time we close a renewable energy deal, we diversify our energy supply, reduce utility expenditures and contribute to clean energy initiatives that reduce the Air Force’s carbon footprint,” said Alex Colby, business development branch chief for the agency’s strategic asset utilization division.


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