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Balfour completes solar installation for military project

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Balfour Beatty and energy provider SolarCity have completed the installation of more than 18,000 solar panels at a military housing project in the US.

The solar panels have been installed on multi-family housing, community centers and maintenance facilities at Fort Detrick, Maryland and Fort Carson, Colorado, to provide power to approximately 1,200 housing units across the two bases.

SolarCity designed, built and will maintain the solar power systems, and the military housing project companies (jointly owned by the Army and Balfour Beatty Communities) purchases the power they produce at a discount to local utility rates.

The installations total more than 4.7MW of solar power generation capacity. Fort Carson is the larger of the projects with a combined 3MW of capacity, while the Fort Detrick installations are at 1.7MW.

“All Marylanders are subject to more frequent and deadly heat waves and storms and 70% live in coastal areas, so I take very seriously the threats from climate change, as we all should,” said US senator Ben Cardin, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee.

“The good news is that by reducing our carbon pollution, we can slow, stop and even reverse these risks, while creating new jobs and increasing America’s energy security. SolarCity’s investment in Fort Detrick will move us closer to our national clean energy goals. It is the type of mutually beneficial private investment that moves us in the right direction, and I applaud it.”

Congressman John Delaney added: “This gets us one step closer to the national goal of 50x30 – 50% clean and carbon free electricity by 2030 – that senator Cardin and I have been working on together in Congress. I want to congratulate SolarCity for their SolarStrong initiative that plans on bringing solar power to more than 120,000 military homes in the U.S. This just goes to show that investments in clean energy are good for our economy, good for our national security, and good for the environment.”

The installations are part of SolarCity’s SolarStrong project, the largest residential solar initiative in US history, which now provides power across 37 military installations.

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