The 4.1 megawatt solar farm is operating at Army’s White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. Combined with a 375 kilowatt solar carport, solar will still only supply 10% of the power, but it’s expected to save $930,000 a year
in energy costs.
As in the wind project announced today, Siemens is developing the project under a performance contract, where it will receive payments based on the guaranteed energy savings generated by the farm.
Solaria’s ground-mounted solar panels make up the farm – its single-axis tracking system follows the sun across the sky, increasing energy yield up to 30% over fixed systems.