Air Force using solar PV system

Colorado Springs Utilities and SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWRA, SPWRB) completed a 6 MW solar photovoltaic power system at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The project was funded in part by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA). It originated from requirements that federal government facilities use increasing amounts of renewable energy as well as USAFA's Net Zero Initiative, which set a goal for the Academy to generate 100 percent of the electricity it needs from on-base renewable energy sources.

SunPower and USAFA will each own 50 percent of the renewable energy credits (RECs) from the system. The system uses SunPower solar panels with the SunPower T0 Tracker system.

SunPower has worked with federal agencies since 1999, and has more than 40 MW of solar power systems installed or under contract at government facilities, including Nellis Air Force Base and the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the U.S. Department of Energy.

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