Army Inks Deal for Largest Solar Project in Defense Department History

The Army Corps of Engineers selected the Clark Energy Group to develop the largest solar power project in Department of Defense history at Fort Irwin, CA.

Acciona Solar Powerwill team with Clark to construct and manage the Fort Irwin EnergySolar Energy EUL project. The Enhanced Use Learning program isadministered by the Corps’ Baltimore District.

The Corps calls the pilot project a "flexible, phased,multi-technology approach" to delivering 1,000 megawatts of powergeneration while "advancing the transformation of Forth Irwin’s overallenergy security. The proposed development eventually will include morethan 500 MW of solar power that will produce 1,250 gigawatt hours (GWh)of renewable energy per year at Fort Irwin facilities.

Clark-Acciona will develop photovoltaic and concentrated solarthermal technologies at an industrial scale there, the Corps says.Their plan features a phased implementation framework that accounts forsite characteristics, constraints, available resources, current andfuture technologies, cost, access to transmission lines, and length ofapproval and connection processes at each stage of construction.

Once operational it will be the largest solar generating plant in California.

According to the Corps, the EUL program "works to leverage the powerof private capital and expertise to fund installation maintenance andoperation costs in exchange for long-term leases of Army land."

"The Army is aggressively exploring opportunities such as this toleverage renewable energy alternatives and improve our energy securityposture, in close partnership with other government agencies and theprivate sector," said Jerry Hansen, Army Senior Energy Executive.

The pilot project is an initiative of the Secretary of the Army’sSenior Energy Council, which coordinates and promotes energy securityand policy for the Army.

Clark Energy, based in Arlington, VA, is an affiliate company ofClark Enterprises, which also includes Clark Realty Capital and ClarkConstruction Group. Clark Energy recently received a $5 billion SuperEnergy Savings Contract from the Department of Energy.

Acciona Solar Power, based in Henderson, NV, is a wholly ownedsubisidiary of of Spain’s Acciona Energia, which is headquartered inMadrid.

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