• Battery Storage Could Provide Next Boost in Energy Resilience

    Battery Storage Could Provide Next Boost in Energy Resilience0

    The Army is considering adding utility-scale batteries at a number of installations with existing renewable energy projects to bolster their resilience. The initiative follows a 1-megawatt battery project at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., which went online last February and comes as storage options have become more affordable, Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of

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  • Solar Array to Help Vandenberg AFB Reach ‘Energy Assurance’ Goal

    Solar Array to Help Vandenberg AFB Reach ‘Energy Assurance’ Goal0

    Officials today are scheduled to formally dedicate a 28-megawatt solar array at Vandenberg AFB, Calif., which is projected to reduce base energy costs by about $1.75 million annually over the next 25 years, reports the Santa Ynez Valley News. Equally important, the project will provide the installation a redundant source of power for its space

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  • USDA Invests $1.5M in Solar Array at Brunswick Landing

    USDA Invests $1.5M in Solar Array at Brunswick Landing0

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $1.5 million in a newly completed solar array at Brunswick Landing, representing a key milestone in a plan to make the reuse project at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, Maine, 100 percent sustainable. “This is a pretty exciting project,” Tom Brubaker, public works and utility manager for

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  • Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base

    Utility Completes Second Array at a Georgia Military Base0

    Leaders from the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission on Monday celebrated the opening of a $75 million, 30-megawatt solar array at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. Now operational, this 254-acre solar farm contains approximately 133,000 solar photovoltaic panels and is delivering energy to the installation and the surrounding community at

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  • 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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  • 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.

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