SunEdison and a subsidiary of Macquarie Infrastructure Company have completed a 16.4MW solar PV plant on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base outside Tucson, Arizona.
is the largest solar energy facility at any US Defense Department installation
and is expected to reduce the Air Force's utility costs by $500,000 annually
for the next 25 years.
It is located on previously underutilized land and is designed to provide 35% of
the base's electricity requirements.
project is a public/private alliance between the base, SunEdison, The North
American Development Bank (NADB), Macquarie subsidiary MIC Solar Energy
Holdings, Chevron Energy Solutions and local officials.
Energy Holdings, which specializes in infrastructure investments, took
ownership of the project. The SunEdison Renewable Operation Center (ROC),
which provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services,
will manage plant operations through a contract with MIC Solar Energy Holdings.
provided the PV modules.
Force is the largest consumer of energy in the US federal government. Along
with the Army and Navy, It has committed to procuring and producing 1GW of
renewable energy at its permanent installations (and/or on 65,000sq km of
military land opened up for development).