• Tornado Damages Solar Project at Minnesota National Guard Site

    Tornado Damages Solar Project at Minnesota National Guard Site0

    A 10-megawatt solar array still under construction at Camp Ripley in central Minnesota was damaged after a tornado tore through the 53,000-acre National Guard training site last week. About 25 percent of the 97 rows of solar panels sustained damage on Sept. 7, including twisted and broken racks that hold the solar panels in place, broken panels and damaged wiring, according to a Minnesota Power press release. The panels were crushed by a large storage container and other debris blown into the array. The utility has begun developing a plan to repair or replace damaged components …

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  • Minnesota National Guard Installation Looks to Attain Net Zero Energy Status

    Minnesota National Guard Installation Looks to Attain Net Zero Energy Status0

    Camp Ripley, a 53,000-acre National Guard training site in central Minnesota, is poised to become a net zero energy installation after a $25 million solar array under construction is completed. The 63-acre array, which is about 75 percent complete, will be the largest solar project at a National Guard base, reported the Grand Forks Herald. The array is being built by Minnesota Power and will allow Camp Ripley to disconnect from the commercial grid if necessary. As a result, the installation has been designated as the secondary site for Minnesota’s state government to operate from in the event a terrorist attack or other disaster wipes out the Capitol and government buildings in St. Paul …

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  • Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation

    Presidio of Monterey Shines Bright in Pursuit of Energy Conservation0

    The Presidio of Monterey may be the nation’s greenest military installation. It has captured the Secretary of the Army’s Energy Award for the past four years, and in 2015 it won the Department of Energy’s Federal Energy Management award. Since 2007, the central California installation has shaved its total energy consumption by 32 percent while expanding facility space by 12 percent. If the Army could duplicate that accomplishment across all of its installations, the service could save more than $300 million annually, according to the Department of Energy …

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  • Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero

    Solar Power Puts Dugway Proving Ground on Path to Net Zero0

    As Army officials prepare to celebrate the opening next week of a 2-megawatt solar array at Dugway Proving Ground, the installation confirmed plans for the construction of a 3-megawatt array about 20 miles away. When the second array is completed, the two will provide 25 percent of the electrical needs of the test center, administrative buildings and homes at Dugway, located in the West Desert of Utah. That output would meet DOD’s goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources and advance the proving ground’s efforts to become a net zero installation …

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  • Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for Solar Array at Georgia Marine Corps Base

    Officials Celebrate Groundbreaking for Solar Array at Georgia Marine Corps Base0

    The Navy and Georgia Power broke ground Thursday at Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Ga., on a large-scale solar facility with a generation capacity of up to 44 megawatts of direct current, or 31 megawatts of alternating current. Georgia Power will build, own and operate the solar farm, which will supply power to the utility’s electric grid. The facility will cover 150 acres of land with 138,000 southwest-facing fixed panels, and generate enough power to supply the equivalent of up to 5,000 homes. The project is estimated to represent a $75 million investment by Georgia Power …

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  • Utah Army Depot Follows Path to ‘Net Zero’

    Utah Army Depot Follows Path to ‘Net Zero’0

    Two renewable energy projects expected to go online by the end of next year will help Tooele Army Depot near Salt Lake City become a “net zero” energy installation by 2020. The Army Corps of Engineers recently installed the depot’s second wind turbine, which will generate almost 2 megawatts of power when the $6.5 million project is complete later this year. The two turbines will generate nearly 60 percent of the depot’s energy needs, reported USACE Public Affairs. The first turbine has a 1.5-megawatt capacity. Nearby, a 1.5-megawatt solar array, consisting of 429 Stirling engine solar dishes spread across 15 acres, is scheduled to be fully operational in 2017. The $10.7 million array will provide about 25 percent of the installation’s electricity. Other planned renewable sources, including battery storage systems, a microgrid and backup generators, will enable Tooele to operate independently of the grid by 2020. Those efforts will cost $5.1 million and produce 1.2 megawatts of power. The Corps’ work at Tooele is part of the Army’s Energy Conservation Investment Program, which is designed to increase renewable energy consumption on installations.

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