Under a new agreement with SolarCity and Lincoln Military Housing Navy and Marine residences in the San Diego region could see 20 megawatts of solar installed on their roofs. The agreement is part of SolarCIty’s SolarStrong Initiative to install solar on military residences across the U.S.
As San Diego Family Housing, LLC, the Navy and its partner Lincoln/Clark San Diego, LLC, signed a 20-year power purchase agreement for its residences in the region. The rates are designed to be below the cost of grid supplied electric power. The savings will be reinvested in the communities.
The deal was announced by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus who 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.” He added, “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.”
Under the agreement SolarCity will install solar power on 6,000 homes across 27 privatized neighborhoods. The company said it is one of its largest deals under the SolarStrong program to date and that the interconnection approvals could be for 20 megawatts (MW) or more of solar energy. It previously made a larger deal at Hawaii’s Ohana Military Communities, where it undertook installing solar on 6,500 military residences.
“For the last few years, we have worked closely with the Department of the Navy to find a renewable energy program which will greatly benefit our military families and support our Navy partner in reaching its renewable energy goals. Through this agreement with SolarCity, Lincoln projects savings of at least $60 million over the 20-year term that can be reinvested in project sustainment,” said Jarl Bliss, Lincoln Military Housing president.
“With this SolarStrong project, Lincoln Military Housing is contributing to the well-being of its residents, and to the nation,” said SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive.
The project will help the Navy achieve its larger goal of installing 1 gigawatt of clean energy by the end of 2015. A goal that each of the other branches of the military share as well.Tweet