Virginia, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Clark Energy Group has been selected to develop the largest solar power project in Department of Defense history at Fort Irwin, California. Joining Clark Energy Group in their efforts to construct and manage the Fort Irwin Solar Energy project will be Acciona Solar Power.
The selection of Clark and Acciona was made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, Enhanced Use Leasing (EUL) program working in partnership with Fort Irwin and the Department of the Army.
The Fort Irwin Solar Energy EUL will entail a flexible, phased, multi-technology approach to delivering up to 1,000 megawatts (MW) of power generation. The Clark-Acciona proposal features the development of both photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal technologies at an industrial scale.
The proposed development will ultimately include over 500 MW of solar power that will produce 1,250 gigawatt-hours (GWh) of renewable energy per year at Fort Irwin facilities. The Clark-Acciona plan calls for a phased implementation that considers site characteristics, constraints, available resources, current and future technologies, cost, access to transmission lines and length of approval and connection processes at each stage of construction.
The Fort Irwin Solar Energy EUL pilot project is an initiative of the Secretary of the Army’s Senior Energy Council. The council is tasked with coordinating and promoting energy security and policy for the Army by utilizing measures to conserve and use energy wisely while also encouraging the production of alternative sources of energy from the Army’s substantial land holdings across the United States.
The EUL program, administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, works to leverage the power of private capital and expertise to fund installation maintenance and operation costs in exchange for long-term leases of Army land.
Fort Irwin is located in the California High Mojave Desert, midway between Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. The installation hosts the National Training Center, which is the Army’s premier heavy maneuver Combat Training Center and NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex whose main purpose is to track and communicate with space missions.