Balfour Beatty Communities LLC and SolarCity have entered into a partnership to provide up to 4,700 military homes with solar energy systems at Balfour Beatty-managed residential communities at Fort Bliss, Texas, and the adjacent White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.
The 13.2 MW project is an equipment lease arrangement primarily financed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch. This project represents the next and largest phase of SolarStrong, SolarCity's five-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar projects for up to 120,000 military homes throughout the U.S., the company says.
SolarCity expects to initiate construction in January, and is initially seeking to fill more than 100 installation, electrical, and maintenance jobs connected to the project. The Defense Department is currently the largest energy consumer in the U.S. and has designated Fort Bliss a net-zero installation.