A new 12.3MW solar installation at Joint Military Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst helps the Department of Defense meet renewable energy goals and allows military families to benefit from clean, domestically produced energy.
Trinity Solar has completed a 12.3MW residential solar installation at United Communities, the private manager of the military multifamily community at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. The solar project delivers electricity to the privatized housing community on base, which is occupied by over 2,100 military families. The system represents one of the largest solar-powered military communities in the country. Generating an estimated 13.7 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, the system is projected to account for over 30% of the community’s yearly energy usage and offset over 1 million gallons of gasoline or approximately 22 million barrels of foreign crude oil each year.
The construction of the project employed over 120 engineering, electrical, and maintenance workers, and helped add to New Jersey’s solar electric capacity. The state currently ranks second in solar electric capacity in the U.S.
Bill Condit, VP of Operations for Trinity Solar, commented: “Completing this project, installing over 10,000 solar modules on over 650 rooftops and connecting them to compile 12.3MW of solar in just over eight months, has been challenging but incredibly rewarding. Working with so many diverse entities to complete a common monumental goal has been a great experience.”
“We are proud to provide independently produced clean energy to U.S. military families through our Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst solar system,” said Jeffrey Brown of True Green Capital Management.
“This is a strategic investment for our firm that reinforces the important role solar energy will play in our domestic energy mix in the coming years. We are grateful for the collaboration among stakeholders that made successful execution of this system possible, including our lender CIT, United Communities, the U.S. Air Force and Trinity Solar,” Brown added.
The New Jersey solar project helps the Department of Defense meet its major sustainability goals. DOD is the largest energy consumer in the country, and has the ambitious goal to get 25% of its energy from renewable sources and to reach 3GW of renewable energy capacity by 2025. Solar plays a vital role in this plan.
Going solar is the army’s answer to the rising energy costs and security issues associated with foreign fuel supply and an aging transmission network. Solar provides dependable, locally generated, and cost-effective energy, making the army’s energy supply more secure, distributed, affordable, and independent. According to Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy, a report by SEIA, the shift to solar has allowed the military to decrease its consumption of generator fuel to from 20 gallons a day to 2.5 gallons a day.
According to an article on Mosaic, the military uses another application of solar that commonly goes unmentioned: portable systems for the battlefield or for remote installations. Such remote systems are durable and easy to use, and are helping to reduce fossil fuel use and save lives. All of this is enabled by American entrepreneurship and know-how, while creating green jobs here in the United States.
Detroit-based Zerobase Energy specializes “in remote off-grid systems that deliver power to some of the most rugged locations on the planet.” Such off-grid systems are saving lives; according to a Marine Corps study, in Afghanistan one soldier in every 50 truck convoys is wounded or killed. With remote, durable wind and solar generators – Zerobase’s specialty – there are fewer reasons for truck convoys, and fewer soldiers are put in harm’s way.