• European Militaries Look to Increase Reliance on Renewables0

    The push to limit the use of fossil fuels is expected to force European militaries to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. It is “hard to overlook” that energy and environmental factors are becoming increasingly important as Europe undergoes a “fundamental” transition toward a low carbon economy, said Tom Bennington, the European Defense Agency’s program manager for energy and the environment. One way the continent’s armed forces can slash their carbon emissions is to develop sustainable bases, including permanent installations and forward-deployed camps …

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  • North Carolina Solar Farm to Supply Power to NS Norfolk0

    Naval Station Norfolk will purchase 25 megawatts of direct current from a solar farm now under construction in northeastern North Carolina, officials announced last week. The Navy will purchase the energy through a 10-year agreement with Dominion Virginia Power, the installation’s current provider. Invenergy Solar Development is developing the fixed-tilt, solar photovoltaic generation facility, which will span 110 acres and consist of 81,054 solar panels. The project is scheduled to come into service by April 2016 and is expected to supply 6 percent of the naval station’s energy needs …

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  • Military’s Clean Energy Push Could Help States Meet New Mandates0

    The military’s concerted effort to increase its reliance on renewable energy sources to power its installations is benefitting the civilian sector as well, lowering prices for renewables and curbing the demand for new power plants dependent on fossil fuels. Most significantly, DOD’s shift to clean energy could make it easier for states to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency rules requiring them to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, reports the Washington Post. “If the Army, Navy and Air Force met their combined announced goals of renewable energy capacity, the Defense Department could meet South Dakota’s challenging emissions reduction requirements nearly one and a half times over,” said Matt Stanberry, vice president for market development at Advanced Energy Economy …

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  • White House Pushes Military Housing Partners to Add Solar Capacity0

    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 …

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  • Utility Plans to Build Solar Plants at Three Florida Airfields0

    Gulf Power, a subsidiary of Georgia-based Southern Co., is planning to build a total of 120 megawatts of solar power at three military facilities on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Eglin Air Force Base and the Navy’s Holley and Saufley fields. If the solar farms are approved by the Florida Public Service Commission, the project’s developer, HelioSage, would begin construction in February 2016. The three plants would be expected to come online beginning in December 2016. The planned capacity for each of the solar farms is as follows: Eglin AFB in Fort Walton Beach (30 megawatts); Holley Field in Navarre (40 megawatts); and Saufley Field in Pensacola (50 megawatts) …

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  • Army Taps SunPower for Solar Project at Redstone Arsenal0

    The Army last week selected San Jose, Calif.-based SunPower Corp. to develop a large-scale solar power project at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., in the first task awarded under its $7 billion multiple-award, task order contract (MATOC) for renewable energy. The project will provide up to 18,000 megawatt-hours per year of on-site renewable energy to Redstone, according to a release from the Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives. The project was open to proposals from 49 solar companies previously qualified under the MATOC, and is expected to include a lease and a power purchase agreement …

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