U.S. Military Breaks New Ground with Largest Solar Installation

By The Associated Press | Posted - Apr 25th, 2014 @ 10:20am





U.S. Military Breaks New Ground with Largest Solar Installation

WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S.

General Services Administration (GSA) and the U.S. Army marked the

start of a major renewable energy project at Fort Huachuca, Arizona

that will be the Department of Defense's largest solar installation.

 The 155-acre project leverages private financing and is expected to

exceed 18-megawatts of clean power and provide 25 percent of the

military base's power. Officials kicked off the project with a

groundbreaking ceremony at the base where construction is set to begin

in the next few days.

"These kinds of projects are vital to building a sustainable

infrastructure for our nation," said Ruth Cox, GSA Regional

Administrator. "It is important for the federal government to lead by

example in reducing our carbon footprint. This project serves as a

model for innovative partnering between the government and private

industry while also easing our impact on the environment."

Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations,

Energy and Environment added: "The Army is partnering with the private

sector for renewable energy in many ways. The Fort Huachuca project is

greater than the sum of all projects developed last year-quite an


"We're very proud to provide Fort Huachuca with a cost-effective solar

power resource that will contribute to the base's long-term energy

security," said David Hutchens, President and Chief Operating Officer

of Tucson Electric Power (TEP), Fort Huachuca's electric provider.

"This new, productive partnership will benefit our customers while

helping both the base and TEP make significant progress toward our

respective renewable energy goals," Hutchens said.

The project is a collaboration between GSA, the Army Energy

Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, TEP and its developer E.ON

Climate & Renewables. The deal was struck using a GSA areawide public

utility contract, which allows federal agencies to get the utility

services they need to serve the American people. Under the agreement,

TEP will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract

with E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction.

The new solar panels will ease stress on the local power grid.  Beyond

providing Fort Huachuca electricity options, the project promotes the

U.S. Army's energy security objectives. The base will now have the

ability to "island" and run electric power completely off the grid

using its solar power source when needed.

Project details:

-- The PV solar panels will be installed on a 155-acre parcel of land

on Fort Huachuca.

-- The project will utilize the existing GSA areawide public utility

contract, and TEP will provide electric service at Arizona Corporation

Commission approved rates.

-- TEP will fund, own and operate the solar PV project and has

contracted with industry partner E.ON for the system's design,

engineering, procurement and construction management.

-- As the utility provider, TEP is uniquely positioned to streamline

the interconnection process through the TEP-owned Fort Huachuca

substation, thereby reducing interconnection costs and improving

system reliability.

-- Construction is set to begin immediately and the PV panels will

begin providing clean, renewable energy to the base this fall.

About the U.S. General Services Administration: The mission of U.S.

General Services Administration is to deliver the best value in real

estate, acquisition, and technology services to the government and the

American people.  One of the agency's key priorities is making

government more sustainable and reducing energy use in federal


About the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force: The U.S. Army's

Energy Initiatives Task Force is instrumental in achieving the U.S.

Army's commitment to the President of deploying one gigawatt of

renewable energy by 2025.  The task force is currently working

projects in New York and California, as well as projects in Alabama,

Hawaii, and Maryland.  For additional information on the U.S. Army's

Energy Initiatives Task Force and Fort Huachuca, please visit

www.armyeitf.com and http://huachuca-www.army.mil/.

SOURCE U.S. General Services Administration

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/CONTACT: Dan Cruz (GSA), dan.cruz@gsa.gov; Traci Madison (GSA), traci.madison@gsa.gov, 202-441-0607

/Web Site: http://www.gsa.gov

CO: U.S. General Services Administration

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