Siemens to build solar photovoltaic system at U.S. Army's White Sands Missile Range

Washington, D.C., February 2, 2012 — Siemens won a $16.8 million task order to implement energy-conserving upgrades to the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center. This project includes a 4.465 MW solar photovoltaic power generating at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M.

The solar PV system is the primary component of the energy savings performance contract to be implemented by the Building Technologies Division of Siemens Industry, Inc.

The solar PV system will provide the Army with about 10,000 solar renewable energy credits annually as well as qualify it for a 30 percent federal cash grant in excess of $4.8 million.

According to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the solar PV system will help White Sands Missile Range achieve 10.8 percent renewable energy by the end of 2012, up from .5 percent and beating the 2013 government mandate by more than three percentage points.

This project supports President Barack Obama's directive that federal agencies use ESPCs to make $2 billion worth of energy efficiency upgrades over the next two years, as well as supporting the Army's renewable energy goals.

White Sands Missile Range is a Test and Evaluation Command Installation operated primarily for the support of research, development, test and evaluation of weapon and space systems, subsystems and components. Encompassing a missile range/rocket launch range, White Sands is one of the largest military installations in the U.S. covering 3,200 square miles.

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