SolarStrong Project Shines on Holloman AFB Housing

More than 600 military homes at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., will be outfitted with solar arrays as part of the latest phase of SolarStrong, SolarCity’s five-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar projects at up to 120,000 military homes across the nation, the company announced Wednesday.

The project will provide 3.4 megawatts of generation capacity at Lend Lease’s Soaring Heights Communities and is expected to contribute to a reduction in energy consumption by the developer’s entire military housing portfolio by at least 20 percent within five years.

In May, SolarCity and Forest City Military Communities began construction on the first phase of a project to provide solar electricity to 6,500 military family residences at Ohana Military Communities, which serves Navy Region Hawaii and Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The project is scoped for a planned 24 megawatts of generation capacity.

Other SolarStrong projects — which in aggregate are expected to create up to 300 megawatts of generation capacity — are underway at Fort Bliss, Texas; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii; and Tierra Vista Communities, a Lend Lease community with locations on Los Angeles AFB and Peterson and Schriever AFBs in Colorado. A 900-home project at Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., announced in 2009, provided the initial blueprint for SolarStrong.

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