A power purchase agreement between solar power provider SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing will see US Navy and Marine Corps housing units in San Diego receive rooftop PV panels.
The agreement will help generate solar power for almost 6,000 homes in over 27 neighborhoods, with pending moves that could generate 20MW or more of solar energy.
Ray Mabus, Secretary of the Navy, said: “Securing renewable energy is a top priority across the Department of the Navy and is crucial to ensuring both mission resilience and cost savings in the decades to come. This agreement is another step forward in moving the needle on our one gigawatt goal. We will continue to push forward and ensure projects like this are identified and executed to meet our 2015 deadline.”
Electricity produced by these panels will be purchased by San Diego Family Housing and the Department of the Navy for 20 years as part of the deal.
SolarCity will lead the design, installation and operational duties for the PV installations as part of the company’s SolarStrong mission to provide PV power to military housing across the US.
Lyndon Rive, SolarCity CEO, said: “Energy in the United States needs to become cleaner, more secure and more affordable, and few realize this more clearly than the leadership of the Department of the Navy. With this SolarStrong project, Lincoln Military Housing is contributing to the well-being of its residents, and to the nation.”
Assembly member Kevin Mullin (D-San Mateo), said: “These projects on off-base military housing represent a great step forward in helping the Department of the Navy reach their ambitious renewable and energy independence goals. This collaboration between SolarCity and the Department of the Navy will improve energy security, increase our energy independence, and provides another example of how innovative companies can partner with government agencies to lead this state and the nation toward a cleaner economy.”