SolarStrong is a plan to equip United States military housing and other structures with solar photovoltaic panels. The original five-year plan involved an installation of 160,000 rooftop solar panels with total capacity of 371 MW and total cost about US$1 billion. The project was reduced afterward to 120,000 panels.
SolarStrong is being carried out by an American energy services provider SolarCity in cooperation with Lend Lease Group involving 124 military bases in 33 states. The financing is agreed with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, USRG Renewable Finance, and U.S. Bancorp. It had a partial $344 million federal loan guarantee through the United States Department of Energy Financial Institution Partnership Program; however, the guarantee was withdrawn after the project implementation started.
The project started in 2011 with development of the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii, followed by Davis–Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona. In 2012, the project continued with the Los Angeles Air Force Base in California, and Peterson Air Force Base and Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.
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