ALPHARETTA, Ga. — Solar Energy USA announced they have been selected by the Department of Defense to install a 106 kW photovoltaic solar energy system at a military base in Savannah.
The roof-mounted PV system will be installed on the Georgia National Guard Hunter AASF building and will generate more than 161,000 kWh of power annually, the company said in a news release.
The 403 solar panels to be installed are made by Suniva, another Georgia-based company.
"The United States is currently experiencing a very strong period of solar growth," said Perry Bell, president and chief executive officer of Solar Energy USA. "Thanks to decreasing costs and impressive long-term savings, over 5.3 gigawatts (GW) of new American solar electric capacity is projected to come online in 2013. Solar Energy USA is proud to offer our line of Affordable Solar Solutions to the Department of Defense at the Georgia National Guard facility in Savannah."
The Savannah National Guard solar installation decision comes shortly after a U.S. Army policy memorandum on energy-related topics including solar power was introduced.
In May 2013, the Army established a new policy for "Operational Energy," which focuses on improving the Army's capabilities through better use of energy. The total installed capacity of renewable energy sources for the U.S. military will grow from 80 megawatts (MW) in 2013 to more than 3,200 MW by 2025 – increasing more than four-fold in 12 years – according to a report from Pike Research.
Solar Energy USA expects the Georgia National Guard's new solar power system to be installed and operational by the end of the first quarter of 2014.