US military housing firms to add 233.3MW PV at bases

Four companies that build and own housing units on US military bases have committed to installing about 233.3MW of mainly rooftop PV through the end of 2016, according to the White House.

The agreement with the Department of Defense covers 40 military bases throughout the country.

To date, these companies – Balfour Beatty, Corvias Solutions, Lincoln Military Housing and United Communities – and others have installed 72MW of rooftop solar on more than 60,000 privatized housing units.

The White House argues that rooftop PV saves military families money on energy bills and enhances energy security at military communities.

Solar commitments by the four companies:

-Balfour Beatty: 63.35MW to be installed across 12 military bases/facilities in Colorado, Connecticut, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Texas.

- Corvias Solutions: 100MW to be installed at Army bases in Alabama, Kansas, Louisiana, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

-Lincoln Military Housing: 60MW to be added at military housing in San Diego, California.

-United Communities: 10MW PV array that will provide power for military housing at Joint Base McGuire Dix Lakehurst in New Jersey.

Each military service branch has set a 1GW target for procuring and/or producing renewable energy at their US facilities/installations. Most of the infrastructure required is being built and financed by the private sector.