U.S. Pentagon to Incorporate Solar Energy

January 16, 2004 [] Two new solar energy projects will be incorporated into the Pentagon’s renovation program currently underway as a result of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack. California-based TRC’s Energy Services Group has been retained by the Department of Defense to work with Dominion Virginia Power to design and build an “intelligent building” system that conserves and optimizes energy use at the U.S. military and intelligence stronghold. TRC’s two initial activities include design, engineering, and construction services to develop the Pentagon’s Solar Energy Farm. The Solar Energy Farm consists of two renewable solar technology systems, a photovoltaic (PV) system that produces more than 110 kW of renewable electricity, and a 75.6 kW solar hot water system that supplements domestic hot water requirements. The energy farm allows the Department of Defense to satisfy its renewable energy goals while promoting ‘green’ distributed generation technologies to other government agencies, said Bob Billak, Pentagon Reservation Energy Manager.