15 MW of Solar Power at Nellis AFB

Nellis to save $1 million annually with use of solar panels

by 2nd Lt. Jennifer Richard
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Solar panels at Nellis AFB

12/4/2007 – NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFPN)  — Officials from Nellis Air Force Base and SunPower Corp. are scheduled to finalize the commission of 15 megawatts in solar power to the base this month, making up North America’s largest solar photovoltaic power system. When complete, the solar power will save the base $1 million annually. (read the rest of the article here and a related article here)

I posted the following comment on Air Force Letters:

Comment: Nellis to save $1 million annually with use of solar panels
Congratulations to Nellis AFB, Nev.,  on their commitment to the clean and renewable energy source of ground-based solar power. I truly hope the Air Force and the entire Department of Defense are planning to take the next big step to space-based solar power. On Oct. 10, 2007, the National Security Space Office of the Pentagon issued a Phase 0 Architecture Feasibility Study titled “Space-Based Solar Power as an Opportunity for Strategic Security.” This study states that “technological challenges are closing rapidly and the business case for creating SBSP is improving with each passing year.” Space-based solar power is a game-changing technology which needs the Department of Defense to be an early adopter to help develop, demonstrate and utilize this unlimited source of clean energy.

Rob Mahan 1/2/2008

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Author: Rob Mahan

Author of An Irish Miracle, husband, father, and dog lover.

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