White House Pushes Military Housing Partners to Add Solar Capacity

Four military housing developers have established new goals for generating solar energy at their housing projects as a result of a White House effort to accelerate the nation’s transition to renewable energy and promote clean energy jobs.

The four military housing companies — Balfour Beatty Communities, Corvias Solutions, Lincoln Military Housing and United Communities — committed to installing 233 megawatts of solar capacity at more than 40 installations by the end of 2016, according to a White House press release.

About 72 megawatts of solar infrastructure already has been installed on over 60,000 privatized military housing units. The four firms’ commitments were made following an event earlier this summer hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality. In addition to reducing annual carbon emissions by 324 metric tons, the additional solar capacity will save military families money on their energy bills and enhance the energy security of military communities.

The four companies’ pledges include:

  • Balfour Beatty Communities will install solar at installations located at Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Detrick, Md.; Wheaton, Md.; Fort Hamilton, N.Y.; Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.; West Point, N.Y.; Fort Carson, Colo.; Lakehurst, N.J.; New London, Conn.; Long Island, N.Y.; Newport, R.I.; and Saratoga Springs, N.Y.  The initiative will generate about 63.35 megawatts of solar power.
  • Corvias Solutions, along with Onyx Renewable Partners, plans to install about 100 megawatts of solar power at housing projects on 12 installations. The firm has obtained initial approval from the Army to move forward on solar installations at Aberdeen Proving Ground and Fort Meade, Md.; Fort Bragg, N.C.; Fort Polk, La.; Fort Rucker, Ala.; Fort Sill, Okla.; and Fort Riley, Kan.
  • Lincoln Military Housing is leveraging the current 20-megawatt system being installed on military housing in San Diego to launch a project that would add 60 megawatts of capacity to its national portfolio of privatized military housing.
  • United Communities will deploy an additional 10 megawatts of solar capacity serving 1,147 homes at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., in 2016. The project will increase solar generation to at least 16 megawatts, representing 90 percent of the total electricity consumed by the residents of 2,000 military homes.

The White House initiative is intended to help reach a series of targets set by President Obama:

  • cutting emissions by 26 percent to 28 percent below 2005 levels across the economy by 2025;
  • increasing the share of renewables, other than hydropower, in their respective electricity generation mixes to the level of 20 percent by 2030;
  • installing 300 megawatts of renewable energy across federally subsidized housing by 2020; and
  • doubling energy productivity by 2030.
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