US Army goes all guns blazing on solar and storage

The US Army has invested in a 1MW storage system to complement a 10MW solar plant at one of its military bases. The installation at the Redstone Arsenal Army Post […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

The US Army has invested in a 1MW storage system to complement a 10MW solar plant at one of its military bases.

The installation at the Redstone Arsenal Army Post in Alabama marks the organisation’s first privately funded, commercially available storage solution and is expected to help manage peak power demand, reduce costs and improve the energy security of the facility.

Solar developer SunPower has broken ground on the system, which is expected to create more than 200 jobs at the peak of its construction.

The project was financed by a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA), allowing the Army to buy 100% of the electricity generated without having to pay for the power plant’s construction, maintenance and operation.

Colonel Thomas Holliday, Garrison Commander at the base, said: “This project reinforces the Army’s commitment to advancing adoption of reliable, cost-effective, home-grown renewable energy at Redstone Arsenal.

“We’re continually looking for ways to grow our capability and reduce our cost to provide the nation with a more efficient defense.”