Solar Power Kicks in at Edwards Air Force Base

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What's big, green and set to save taxpayers money over the course of the next 30 years? A new 3.4-MW solar power installation at Edwards Air Force Base in Southern California, that's what.

Comprising three ground-mounted, single-axis tracking solar farms, the system was built and is owned by Borrego Solar, which will sell power to the military base under the terms of an in-house power purchase agreement (PPA).

"Our utility bill can range anywhere from $15 million to $18 million a year, and our utility bills for the summer actually double, but our consumption only goes up 3 percent, 3 percent," said James Judkins, 95th Civil Engineering director, Edwards Air Force Base, in a statement. "What we're trying to do (with this project) is not so much conserve energy, but save money."

Read more at AOL Energy

Topic: Generation