U.S Army Announces $7 Billon in Solar Projects

As the U.S. Army continues to modernize, it’s showing a lot of interest in something black, shiny, metallic and non-lethal—solar. In fact each of the United State’s armed forces branches, the Navy, Air Force and Army have committed to installing 1 gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025 and pledge to supply 25 percent of their […] Read more

DOD Announces 3GW of Renewables by 2025 Initiative

The Obama administration announced initiatives today designed to improve U.S. energy security by reducing  reliance on fossil fuels. The Department of Defense (DOD) made one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history – it set a goal of deploying 3 gigawatts (GW) of renewable energy by 2025, enough to power 750,000 homes. The Army, Navy and […] Read more

Ampulse: Making Solar Cheaper

A new development in the manufacturing of solar panels could not only drive down costs, but also substantially reduce the energy intensive process itself. The current state of photovoltaic panels is such that silicon wafers make up nearly half of the market. While they’re high functioning, the energy that goes into creating silicon wafers is […] Read more

Borrego Solar: Kicking Butt and Taking Names

Borrego Solar has completed work on its latest solar power installation at a military base in Southern California the company said Tuesday. The 3.4 MW ground mounted solar farm located at the Edwards Air Force Base is Borrego’s largest military installation to date and caps a milestone filled February for the San Diego solar developer. […] Read more

Mojave Military Bases Could Generate 7GW of Solar

According to a study conducted by ICF, a consulting firm for the US Department of Defense, surplus land at four military bases in the Mojave desert in California could be capable of producing up to 7 Gigawatts of solar power. These bases include, the Edwards Air Force base, Fort Erwin, China Lake and Twenty-nine Palms. […] Read more

Congress Blocks DOD from LEED Platinum/Gold Funding

As a result of the December 31 presidential signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA; H.R. 1540), the Department of Defense, or DOD, is prohibited from funding any LEED Platinum or Gold certification of new buildings for the current fiscal year, unless it submits notification of intent 30 days before the money is allocated. […] Read more

‘Buy American’ Solar Amendment Passes

Combine solar power purchase agreements, the Department of Defense “Buy American” Act, a well-meaning but ill-informed Congress, and a solar industry in flux. Add a pinch of jingoism and shake well. What do you get? A big hot mess. Earlier this month, The Buy American Solar Amendment passed the Senate. Sponsored by Democratic Senators Tom […] Read more

Being Army-Strong for Solar: Largest DOD Plant in U.S.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently selected the team of ACCIONASolar Power and the Clark Energy Group to develop a massive solarenergy project. The first phase alone consists of five sites over 21square miles, which will produce a cumulative 500 megawatts (MW) ofpower at the Fort Irwin military complex, located in the Mojave Desertof […] Read more

A 1-GW PV and Solar Thermal Plant for the DoD

Not only will it be big, it will involve the two main types of solar. Acciona Solar Power, Clark Energy Group and the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers will begin development of a 1-gigawatt plus power plant atFort Irwin in California this Thursday. The plant will include both photovoltaic panels as well as mirrorsand turbines for […] Read more