Honeywell has installed two solar arrays at Fort Dix, N.J., a training and mobilization center for the U.S. Army Reserve and National Guard. The solar installations are part of a $17.6 million program that will decrease energy consumption at the post by almost 10% and decrease water use by more than 5%.
The 3,200 photovoltaic panels that make up the arrays will generate approximately 815,000 kWh of electricity annually. The arrays are mounted on the roofs of the Army Reserve's 99th Regional Support Command Headquarters and the post's Strategic Deployment Site Building, a temperature-controlled warehouse for equipment storage.
The panels will produce enough energy to meet nearly all the electricity needs of both facilities, with excess power distributed back onto the grid. They will also help the post meet renewable energy goals established in the Energy Policy Act of 2005, mandating that at least 7.5% of annual energy consumption at federal facilities come from renewable resources by end of 2013.