Army Partnering with Industry to Become Energy Independent
The U.S. Army awarded a contract to SunPower Corporation for a large-scale renewable energy solar project.
This kind of partnership has been a hallmark of the way the Army is building a 21st Century energy supply that is secure. The Army has been committed to partnering with industry and utilities on renewable energy projects that will strengthen energy security and sustainability at our installations and the surrounding communities. The project is a collaborative effort between the Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI), Redstone Arsenal, and the Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville. SunPower was awarded the contract in April of 2016.. Other projects include a 25 megawatts (MW) Combined Heat and Power generation facility at Redstone Arsenal, as well as an approximate 10 MW, alternating current (AC)*, solar project at Fort Rucker and Anniston Army Depot. Projects like this diversify and expand Redstone Arsenal’s energy supply, thus building increased resiliency. Renewable energy, similar to this solar project, is necessary for both national security and the environment.
The Redstone Project Details
- The project is expected to generate about 18,000 megawatt hours (MWh) per year, on-site solar renewable energy at Redstone Arsenal, AL
- This facility will generate enough energy to power about 1,650 homes for a year
- Redstone Arsenal has identified approximately 66 acres of land available for the project
- This project will involve a lease and a 27-year Renewable Energy Services Agreement (RESA) as authorized under 10 USC 2667 and 10 USC 2922a, respectively
About Redstone Arsenal
Redstone Arsenal is a United States Army garrison located in the Tennessee Valley in Madison County, Alabama. The installation has over 70 tenant organizations, including the U.S. Army Materiel Command, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Missile Defense Agency, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command, and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center. The Arsenal has more than 38,000 acres of land, including over 25,000 acres of test areas, and supports 39,000 personnel. The Arsenal is a nationally recognized Department of Defense and Federal Center of Excellence focusing on materiel and logistics management, aviation and missile research, development and engineering, space operations, missile defense, intelligence and homeland defense.
The OEI centrally manages, develops, and executes large scale renewable energy projects, 10 MW or greater, by leveraging private financing. Renewable energy produced on Army installations increases energy security and resiliency, enhances mission effectiveness, and provides a means to stabilize energy costs.
SunPower Corporation designs and manufactures high efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, roof tiles and solar panels, based on a silicon all-back-contact solar cell invented at Stanford University. SunPower has led the way with record-setting technologies and innovative solar solutions. The company’s cutting-edge approach to sustainability is renowned for its positive impact on the environment and our communities. About U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntsville A major element of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville executes programs and specialized missions worldwide that require unique technical expertise, large acquisitions, and centralized program management. Huntsville Center has been involved in the Army’s energy program since the early 1980s and provides unique energy solutions for third-party financing utilizing Energy Savings Performance Contracting, Utility Energy Services Contracting, and the Renewable Energy Services Agreement.