|PV System Completed at Nellis Air Force Base|
By Jeff Anderson
Renewable Energy Worlde-Newsletter
December 18, 2007
The U.S. Air Force announced the completion of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system
at Nellis Air Force Base. A joint project of the U.S. Air Force, MMA Renewable
Ventures, LLC, SunPower Corporation, and Nevada Power Company, the 14-megawatt
(MW) system will generate more than 30 million kilowatt-hours of electricity
annually and supply approximately 25 percent of the total power used at the base.
"As the largest consumer of energy in the federal government, the Air Force is
well-positioned to promote both solar technology and new approaches to its implementation."
--William Anderson, Assistant Secretary, U.S. Air Force
SunPower designed and built the PV plant using its single-axis SunPower T20
Tracker solar tracking system. MMA Renewable Ventures has financed and will
operate the plant, selling electricity to Nellis Air Force Base at a guaranteed
fixed rate for the next 20 years.
"This solar project at Nellis is a first step of many toward making renewable
electricity integral to the operations of the U.S. Air Force," said Air Force
Assistant Secretary William Anderson. "As the largest consumer of energy in the
federal government, the Air Force is well-positioned to promote both solar
technology and new approaches to its implementation. This pioneering initiative
is a good example of how a creative approach to public-private partnership can
make our energy supply more sustainable, more secure and more affordable."
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