Balfour Beatty Communities and SolarCity are nearing the completion of 6.9 MW of rooftop solar at Air Force family housing in four states.
The solar panels are installed across residential communities managed by Balfour Beatty Communities at Travis Air Force Base (AFB) in California (1 MW); Sheppard AFB in Texas (1.1 MW); Tyndall AFB in Florida (1.4 MW); and Luke AFB in Arizona (3.5 MW). Altogether, the installations comprise more than 26,000 solar panels to provide power to more than 2,000 housing units, the companies say.
SolarCity designed and built and will maintain the projects. The company says it has projects on 37 military bases in 12 states.
“Installing solar on the homes of service members living in base housing makes sense,” said Congressman John Garamendi of California. “This type of creative partnership between private and public entities and the communities surrounding our major military installations has become essential to the long-term viability of those bases and the critical missions they execute.
“Funding for facility enhancements and critical base infrastructure has become very scarce due to budget cuts and sequestration. These types of partnerships leverage private and community resources to produce a win-win scenario that mutually benefits all partners,” he continued.
Chris Williams, president of Balfour Beatty Communities, noted, “When installation is complete at these properties, we will have more than 40 MW of solar power generating capacity across our military portfolio.”