Suniva advised that its panels are powering one of the only PV arrays in Alabama, the Redstone Energy PV demonstration area near the main gates of the US Army’s Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville. The 137kW facility is a demonstration and training site, as well as an energy production project. The PV demo site is unique in being a PPA mechanism set in place by the Tennessee Valley Authority in order to help US military bases install cost-effective PV solutions. The project consists of rooftop-mounted arrays, ground-mounted arrays and a parking canopy that also features charging stations for electric vehicles.
“The various public-private business models provide the DOD with a financially efficient mechanism to procure low-cost solar energy while attaining resiliency and reliability as part of a larger, base-centric energy system,” said Dave Buemi, senior director, federal business development for Suniva. “Coupled with Redstone Energy’s unique project development, engineering and military market experience, Suniva’s Buy American compliant Optimus PV modules provide the DOD and project finance partners highly bankable, low-cost solar energy systems that exceed lifecycle performance expectations.”