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Largest Military Solar Energy Project in Northeast Breaks Ground

Largest Military Solar Energy Project in Northeast Breaks GroundOn December 20, 2016, a groundbreaking ceremony took place at New Jersey-based Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JB MDL) to commemorate the construction of a new 16.5 megawatt solar energy project.  Built on top of a capped landfill, the project is set to become the largest military solar installation in the Northeast.

Upon completion, the JB MDL solar array will be comprised of nearly 51,000 panels and generate enough electricity to power 2,500 homes.  It is estimated that the system will also reduce CO2 emissions at JB MDL by 15,000 metric tons per year—the equivalent of taking 3,000 cars off the road.

The new solar installation is part of the Air Force’s Enhanced Land Use Lease program, which partners our military with private developers to establish mutually beneficial commercial projects on Air Force real estate. 

The Enhanced Land Use program was established for two primary reasons.  First, it was an effort on behalf of the military to optimize returns on its real estate holdings.  Secondly, the military views on-site renewable energy generation to be integral to its long-term energy security.

Miranda Ballentine, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for  Installations, Environment and Energy, was selected to cut the ribbon at the site of the new solar installation.  At the ceremony, Ballentine lauded the efforts of individuals responsible for bringing the project to fruition.  She also noted the significance that the installation will have on JB MDL’s energy assurance plans.

“This project demonstrates the innovative pathways our Airmen and civilians are taking to strengthen mission assurance through energy assurance,” she said. “The revenue generated by this solar project, built on a closed landfill, will provide critical funds dedicated to JB MDL’s energy assurance plan.”

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If you’re ready to begin reaping the benefits of solar, you can learn more about your options from ConEdison Solutions here.  

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