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Air Force Academy, SunPower Turn On Big Colorado Solar Energy Project

Posted by Adam Sewall In Wednesday, June 15 2011 under: SunPower, Colorado Solar, Solar Power Info, Air Force

In case you missed the news, the U.S. Air Force Academy on Monday flipped the switch on a brand-spanking-new solar array at its facility in Colorado Springs.

Designed and built by SunPower Corp., the 6-megawatt solar power system is connected to Colorado Spring Utilities' electricity grid. In its first year of operation, the array is expected to generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 1,200 average American homes each year -- or about 12,000 megawatt-hours.

Speaking at the inaugural event, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Michael C. Gould (pictured above) emphasized that the project was made possible in large part thanks to a partnership between the Air Force and the local community, according to U.S. Air Force News:

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Air Force Academy in Colorado Will Soon Go Solar

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Wednesday, November 10 2010 under: solar development, SunPower, Colorado Solar, Solar Schools, Solar PV Panels, Air Force

Thanks to an agreement between SunPower, a leading solar-panel manufacturer and project construction company, and Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU), the U.S. Air Force Academy (USAFA) will soon host a 6-megawatt (MW), 30-acre solar energy system. If all goes according to plan, the new Colorado solar installation will be fully operation by summer 2011.

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Air Force to Try Out Concentrating Solar in Hawaii

Posted by GetSolar Staff In Saturday, May 29 2010 under: Hawaii Solar, CSP, Concentrating Solar Power, Air Force, Solar Technology

The United States Air Force has signed a contract with the Schafer Corporation of Massachusetts to allow a test of concentrating solar power (CSP) at a Maui, Hawaii military site in an attempt to offset a military computer system's power demand.

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