• Navy Close to Deal to Develop Solar Array at NAS Jacksonville

    Navy Close to Deal to Develop Solar Array at NAS Jacksonville0

    The Navy expects to complete a deal shortly with a utility to build a solar farm on 50 acres at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. The project is estimated to generate 5 megawatts of electricity that would be delivered to the commercial grid, reported WOKV. An environmental assessment determined the project would not have a significant impact. “The solar project would benefit both the local community and the Navy, bringing renewable energy to the area and energy security with it being on Navy property,” Sue Brink, a spokeswoman for Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southeast, told the radio station. The secretary of the Navy set a goal for the service’s shore-based operations to acquire one-half of their electricity needs from renewable sources by 2020. After surpassing the secretary’s goal of bringing one gigawatt of renewable energy into procurement by the end of 2015, the Navy now is exploring the latest advances such as battery storage, electrification, fuel cells and microgrids to further enhance its energy security, operational capability, strategic flexibility and resource availability.

  • Power Company to Develop 21MW Solar Facility at NAS Oceana

    Power Company to Develop 21MW Solar Facility at NAS Oceana0

    Dominion Virginia Power will build a 21-megawatt direct current solar facility at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va., officials announced Tuesday. In exchange for the use of its land, the Navy will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades, according to Navy Public Affairs. Dominion will build, own and operate the facility, which will produce 18 megawatts of alternating current, for 37 years …

  • Utility to Develop 32.8MW Solar Farm at New Jersey Naval Facility

    Utility to Develop 32.8MW Solar Farm at New Jersey Naval Facility0

    The Navy is planning to lease up to 227 acres at Naval Weapons Station Earle, located on the northern part of the Jersey Shore, to a local utility to develop a 32.8-megawatt solar facility. Electricity generated by the solar photovoltaic system would supply the existing commercial grid. The project still is at an early stage, reported the Asbury Park Press. “From what I heard from the base, they only got the go-ahead to proceed with this a month ago,” Russell Macnow, a township committeeman in Colts Neck, told the paper. An environmental assessment by the Navy’s Environmental Planning Division determined the project “would not significantly affect the environment,” according to the story. The project would support the Navy’s goal of producing or procuring 50 percent of its shore-based energy requirements from alternative energy sources by 2020, up from 23 percent now. The service also aims for 50 percent of its facilities to become “net zero” energy installations by 2020. The Navy recently surpassed another milestone — bringing 1 gigawatt of renewable energy generating capacity into procurement.

  • Nellis AFB Unveils Second Solar Array

    Nellis AFB Unveils Second Solar Array0

    Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., now sports DOD’s largest photovoltaic field, after officials from the Air Force, SunPower Corp. and NV Energy last week dedicated the installation’s second solar array. The $50 million project, a 15-megawatt system, will combine with an existing 13.2-megawatt plant to fully power the base with renewable energy during daylight hours. Both projects were built by SunPower. “The partnership we have with NV Energy and SunPower began over nine years ago with the ribbon cutting of our first solar photovoltaic array, and combined today with the second array will be the largest PVA in the Department of Defense,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, 99th Air Base Wing commander …

  • Navy, Florida Utility Agree on Leases for Solar Plants at Two Bases

    Navy, Florida Utility Agree on Leases for Solar Plants at Two Bases0

    The Navy and Gulf Power signed a real estate outgrant last month to develop large-scale solar electric generating facilities at airfields used by two bases on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field. Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, will develop solar facilities with a total capacity of 117 megawatts of direct current on 290 acres at Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Saufley in Pensacola (65-megawatt capacity); and 300 acres at NOLF Holley in Navarre (52-megawatt capacity) …

  • Army on Schedule to Meet One Gigawatt Goal, Hammack Says0

    The Army remains on track to meet the president’s goal of producing one gigawatt of renewable energy on its installations by 2025, Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment, told reporters last week. “We made a commitment to the president we’d have one gigawatt of renewable energy on Army bases by 2025. And we are well on our way to it,” Hammack said, reported Army Public Affairs. “In fiscal year 2015 we broke ground on over 100 megawatts of renewable energy systems and we are on track to meet that commitment we made …