SolarStrong

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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.[1] The project was reduced afterward to 120,000 panels.[2][3]

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.[1][4][5] The financing is agreed with Bank of America Merrill Lynch, USRG Renewable Finance, and U.S. Bancorp.[1][2] 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through the United States Department of Energy Financial Institution Partnership Program; however, the guarantee was withdrawn after the project implementation started.[1][2]

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.[1][2] 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.[2][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Woody, Todd (7 September 2011). "Military Deal To Double The U.S.'s Rooftop Solar Installations". Forbes. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Woody, Todd (17 July 2012). "Big Military Solar Project Expands To New Bases". Forbes. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  3. ^ Hsu, Tiffany (17 SJuly 2012). "SolarCity plans 18,000 panels for military in SolarStrong effort". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  4. ^ Dearen, Jason; Daly, Matthew (7 September 2011). "SolarStrong Project: Obama Administration Backs SolarCity Military Energy Program". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ a b "SolarStrong expands to bases in California and Colorado". Recharge (NHST Media Group). 18 July 2012. Retrieved 11 September 2012.