"This represents a continuation of the Army's deployment of renewable energy at installations across the country. It is symbolic of the changing dynamics of energy produced in the United States, especially in the Southeast," said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (Energy and Sustainability). "The project substantially increases the amount of installed solar power in Alabama at no additional cost to consumers. It is also testament to what the Army can accomplish by working with industry stakeholders such as SunPower, local officials, and other partners such as the U.S Army Corps of Engineers and Redstone Arsenal."
"Every renewable energy project we implement brings our Army closer to its energy goals and further strengthens our energy security," said former Col. Robert Ruch, Huntsville Center commander. "Under this agreement, we are benefitting from cost-competitive, reliable solar power without the upfront costs of asset ownership."
"Solar is cost-competitive with traditional energy sources today, and is helping the U.S. military reduce operational costs," said Howard Wenger, SunPower president, business units. "We commend Redstone Arsenal for managing its significant energy demand by relying on abundant, renewable solar power. The high performance SunPower® technology we are installing for the agency will maximize energy production over the long term."
The innovative project, developed by Redstone Arsenal's Directorate of Public Works, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Huntsville Center's Energy Division, is the first power purchase agreement project solicited through a renewable and alternative energy Multiple Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) awarded by Huntsville Center. It will involve a 27-year Renewable Energy Services Agreement and lease with SunPower, which has designed the project, and will construct, operate and...