Las Vegas, Nevada [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] 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.
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.”