Arizona Air Force Installs 375 kW Solar System


Honeywell International, a Morristown, N.J.-headquartered manufacturer of specialty products, recently completed a photovoltaic (PV) solar installation at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Ariz.

The solar technology is integrated into a new, 144,000-square-foot roof on the Base Exchange building that will produce 375 kW of electricity. The installation is part of a $13.8-million energy conservation program designed to increase efficiency, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve comfort at the base, the company says.

‘With the solar roof in place, Luke Air Force Base is moving closer to realizing energy management goals set forth in the Energy Policy Act of 2005,’ says James E. Fitzpatrick, the base's civil engineer. ‘As a significant consumer of electrical power in this region, we are excited to do our part in helping the local community conserve energy resources through renewable solar technology.’

The program also includes infrastructure improvements and long-term preventive maintenance services, and is expected to save the Air Force $21.8 million in energy and operational costs over the next 20 years. The savings are guaranteed under a performance contract with Honeywell so the upgrades won't negatively impact base operating budgets, the company adds.

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