Solar Array to Help Vandenberg AFB Reach ‘Energy Assurance’ Goal

Solar Array to Help Vandenberg AFB Reach ‘Energy Assurance’ Goal

Officials today are scheduled to formally dedicate a 28-megawatt solar array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which is projected to reduce base energy costs by about $1.75 million annually over the next 25 years, reports the Santa Ynez Valley News. Equally important, the project will provide the installation a redundant source of power for its space launch and tracking mission, Dan Gerdes, rates and renewables division chief for the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, said last year. “Using a long-term contract with fixed costs ensures we have the electricity we need, when we need it and broadens the pool we have for power sources there. This is one step closer to our target of full energy assurance for key Air Force missions.”

Santa Ynez Valley News photo by Len Wood

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