In Latest SolarStrong Project, SolarCity to Install Solar on More Than 600 Military Homes at New Mexico's Holloman Air Force Base
New Project Expected to Create 3.4 Megawatts of Solar Generation Capacity
ALAMOGORDO, N.M., July 3, 2013 -- On the eve of
provide solar electricity, and a measure of energy independence, to more
than 600 military homes at Soaring Heights Communities on Holloman Air Force
Base in Otero County, New Mexico, a Lend Lease military family housing
community. The project, expected to provide 3.4 megawatts of generation
capacity, is the latest to be announced under SolarCity's SolarStrong
initiative. The project is also part of Lend Lease's commitment to President
Obama's Better Building's Challenge, which is expected to result in Lend
Lease reducing energy consumption by minimum 20 percent within the next
two--five years for its entire military housing portfolio.
In addition to the projects announced today, SolarStrong projects are
underway at Fort Bliss in Texas, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii,
Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Navy Region Hawaii, and Tierra Vista Communities
-- a Lend Lease community with locations on Los Angeles Air Force Base and
Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases in Colorado. A 900-home project at
Soaring Heights Communities on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona,
announced in 2009, provided the initial blueprint for SolarStrong. The
SolarStrong project includes a five-year plan to provide solar power to up
to 120,000 military homes.
"The children who grow up in these neighborhoods will have a glimpse of the
future before any of us--neighborhoods in which the majority of roofs have
solar panels on them," said Aaron Gillmore, SolarCity's vice president of
solar development. "It's the foresight and strategic know-how of the
Department of Defense that is making this future a reality today."
These projects will contribute to a goal set in 2007 by the Department of
Defense, currently the largest energy consumer in the United States, to have
25 percent of its energy requirements met by renewable energy by 2025. As of
early 2013, there are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic
(PV) energy systems powering military bases, according to a May 2013 report
by the Solar Energy Industries Association.
SolarCity(R) (Nasdaq:SCTY) provides clean energy. The company has disrupted
the century-old energy industry by providing renewable electricity directly
to homeowners, businesses and government organizations for less than they
spend on utility bills. SolarCity gives customers control of their energy
costs to protect them from rising rates. The company offers solar power,
energy efficiency and electric vehicle services, and makes clean energy easy
by taking care of everything from design and permitting to monitoring and
SolarCity currently serves 14 states and signs a new customer every five
minutes. Visit the company online at www.solarcity.com and follow the
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