3.4 MW solar power installation built at US air force base

Borrego Solar Systems, Inc., has announced the completion of a 3.4 MW solar power installation at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California.

Comprised of three ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar farms, the system is the largest military project completed by Borrego Solar to date, and demonstrates the value of the company's end-to-end solar power installation services for military facilities.

The system was financed via Borrego Solar's in-house Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). Per the agreement, Borrego Solar financed, designed and installed the system at no upfront cost to Edwards Air Force Base. Borrego Solar will sell energy back to Edwards Air Force Base at an economical and fixed rate, offsetting an average of 6 per cent of the energy consumption across the three facilities.

"As we work to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, solar energy is one of the most reliable and cost-effective tools available to us," said Ms. Amy Frost, Chief of the Civil Engineer Asset Management Branch for Edwards Air Force Base. "Financing large-scale projects can be tough in this economic climate, so a PPA made a lot of sense for us, as it eliminated the need for upfront investment and long term maintenance. The deal allowed us to quickly implement solar on our facility and deliver immediate operational savings."

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