Georgia National Guard Goes Solar

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Suniva, Inc., announces its panels will power the Department of Defense’s military base in Savannah, Georgia. The roof-mounted PV system will produce approximately 160,000 kWh per year.

The Department of Defense is one of the biggest solar adopters in the U.S. Stories of its solar installations keep coming in.

Today, Suniva, Inc., an Atlanta-based manufacturer of solar PV panels, announced that its Buy America-compliant modules will power the DOD’s military base in Savannah, Georgia.

 

The roof-mounted PV system will be located on the Georgia National Guard’s Hunter AASF building and will produce approximately 160,000 kWh per year. The installer for the system, Solar Energy USA, expects the array to be installed and operational by the end of Q1 2014.

 

“This is one of several high-profile military installations that will benefit from Suniva’s high-quality modules. Our Buy American-compliant modules continue to provide the DOD with a reliable, cost-efficient solar energy solution, helping to reach their goal of clean energy while strengthening the nation’s energy independence,” said Matt Card, vice president of global sales and marketing for Suniva.

 

The decision for the Georgia DOD to go solar comes during a period of dynamic growth for the solar industry. In May of 2013, the Army established a new policy for “Operational Energy,” which focuses on improving the Army’s capabilities through better use of energy. According to a report from Pike Research, the total installed capacity of renewable energy sources for the U.S. military will grow from 80 MW in 2013 to more than 3,200 MW by 2025, increasing more than fourfold in 12 years.