San Mateo, Calif.-based SolarCity and Lend Lease are collaborating to provide solar energy to more than 850 military residences at Air Force communities in California and Colorado Springs, the companies announced Tuesday.
The partnership represents the second phase of SolarCity’s ambitious five-year, $1 billion plan to install solar systems on up to 120,000 units of privatized military housing. SolarCity will engineer, install and maintain the solar systems at Tierra Vista at the Los Angeles Air Force Base, and Peterson AFB and Schriever AFB, both in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The second stage is expected to generate more than 6.4 million kilowatt hours per year of renewable energy from more than 18,000 solar panels, reported Forbes. These panels are expected to offset from 30 to 60 percent of the electricity typically used in each community. The systems will also help reduce strain on the electricity grid during hot summer months when energy demand is often at its highest, and when communities are at risk of blackouts.
“We are committed to finding ways to meet the energy challenges of our lifetime and helping the Defense Department, currently the largest energy consumer in the United States, meet its goal of having 25 percent of its overall energy consumption derived from clean, renewable sources by 2025. This is another big step toward that direction,” Simon Muir, Lend Lease’s vice president and director of solar services, said in a written statement.