Solar Energy Project at Fort Riley Enters Third Phase

Published on: 11 July 2022
by KnowESG
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A solar energy project at Fort Riley is currently in its third phase, producing sustainable energy for homes on the US Army installation.

The phase will use two ground-mounted solar panels at the Fort Riley housing complex to generate close to 4.4 megawatts of energy. To supply backup power to the units and other crucial facilities at the Army base, the project will also include a microgrid.

About 40 per cent of the homes on the military post will receive 17 megawatts of renewable energy as a result of the Corvias project.

The Fort Riley project is one of eight phases of sustainability work being done at three Army facilities by Corvias and the Army. When the Fort Riley project is finished, the solar programme will supply more than 38 megawatts of power to the Kansas location, Fort Meade, and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland.

Corvias has invested $325 million in infrastructure and resiliency projects as part of the US Department of Defence Military Housing Privatisation Initiative to renovate, run, and maintain on-base military family housing. The company's utility management initiative, which involves modernising 16,000 military residences with energy and water-saving technology, includes solar installations.

Other Army energy efficiency initiatives have recently been completed. A 1.1-megawatt floating solar plant is being erected at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Fort Detrick in Maryland also received 6 megawatts of battery storage.

The Army unveiled its climate policy earlier this year, and the programmes are a component of it. These objectives include reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 50% from 2005 levels by 2030, using 100% carbon-free power for energy efficiency projects, conserving water, and streamlining the supply chain.

Source: Environmental Leader

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