Redstone Arsenal Adds Solar and Energy StorageDavid Wagman | August 23, 2017
SunPower Corp. broke ground on a 10-megawatt (MW) solar photovoltaic system at the Redstone Arsenal U.S. Army post in Alabama. The project includes a 1-MW energy storage system and supports the Army's efforts to reduce electricity costs at installations while also making them more energy independent.
Developed by the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Redstone Arsenal's Directorate of Public Works and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Huntsville Center's Energy Division, the solar project was financed by a power purchase agreement (PPA). This allows the Army to buy all of the power generated without having to pay for the power plant's construction, maintenance and operation.
SunPower is installing a SunPower Oasis power plant system at the site, which it describes as a fully integrated, modular solar power block engineered and built for compatibility with a future micro-grid.
SunPower has designed and installed solar power systems at a number of military facilities, including more than 28 MW at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada and 13.78 MW at Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in California, as well as 28 MW under construction at Vandenberg Air Force Base.