Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus has announced that Navy and Marine Corps housing units in the San Diego area will receive rooftop solar PV systems through a purchase power agreement between Lincoln Military Housing and SolarCity. The deal will provide solar power to nearly 6000 homes across 27 privatized neighborhoods. With pending design and interconnection approvals, this could generate 20 MW or more of solar energy.
“Securing renewable energy is a top priority across the Department of the Navy and is crucial to ensuring both mission resilience and cost savings in the decades to come,” said Mabus. “This agreement is another step forward in moving the needle on our one GW goal. We will continue to push forward and ensure projects like this are identified and executed to meet our 2015 deadline.”
Jarl Bliss, president of Lincoln Military Housing, added, “For the last few years, we have worked closely with the Department of the Navy to find a renewable energy program which will greatly benefit our military families and support our Navy partner in reaching its renewable energy goals. Through this agreement with SolarCity, Lincoln projects savings of at least $60 million over the 20 year term that can be reinvested in project sustainment.”
San Diego Family Housing, LLC, made up of Lincoln/Clark San Diego, LLC and The Department of the Navy, will purchase all electricity produced by the systems at below the cost of brown power over the 20-year term of the agreement. This will result in long-term savings, which will be reinvested in the communities, providing military families residing in the Public-Private Venture housing with an improved quality of living.
SolarCity will be responsible for the design, installation, monitoring, and maintenance of the PV systems. This project is part of SolarCity’s SolarStrong initiative to provide solar energy to military housing communities across the country.
“Energy in the United States needs to become cleaner, more secure, and more affordable, and few realize this more clearly than the leadership of the Department of the Navy,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive. “With this SolarStrong project, Lincoln Military Housing is contributing to the well-being of its residents, and to the nation.”
This project is also part of a larger, guided effort spearheaded by Secretary Mabus to identify cost-effective renewable energy projects for Department of Navy installations in order to achieve the Secretary’s goal of producing or procuring 1 GW of renewable energy by the end of 2015.