When completed, the project is expected to produce approximately 31.5 million kWh of energy annually and over 575 million kWh over twenty years. It has also been said that it will deliver 35 percent of DMAFB’s total base load of energy.
SunEdison has said it will finance, design, construct, operate and maintain the approximately 130 acre ground-mounted solar deployment. It added that it will also maintain a long-term ground lease agreement with DMAFB for the use of their land for the solar installation.
Commenting, Col. John A. Cherrey, 355th Fighter Wing commander said: "This project highlights not only the Air Force’s commitment to renewable energy, but also Arizona’s commitment to renewable energy.
"Several years of industry and government teamwork was required to bring this renewable energy project to this point. The use of emission-free solar power to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, as well as long-term savings on electricity costs, is a great benefit to the base."
New rooftop deal
In other news, the company has announced it has executed an agreement to develop 15 industrial rooftop solar PV projects for GE Capital Real Estate, with a total capacity of 2.2 MW.
Construction on three of the 15 rooftop systems is expected to begin this autumn. The majority of projects will be located in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) including Vaughan, Brampton, Burlington, Markham and Mississauga, with additional systems located in London.