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Navy to break ground on solar facility at Mississippi base
May 24, 2017
<h5>The U.S. Navy has announced a groundbreaking ceremony for a solar generation facility at a base in Mississippi. ​<br/></h5>
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<p></p><p>A Navy statement says the project on Naval Air Station Meridian will be commemorated Thursday afternoon. </p><p><br/></p><p>The Navy, Tennessee Valley Authority, East Mississippi Electric Power Association and Silicon Ranch Corporation have partnered to develop the facility that will generate up to six megawatts of direct current power. <br/></p><p><br/></p><p>Silicon Ranch will fund, build, own, operate and maintain the facility that will provide power consumed by the base, as well as TVA and EMEPA customers. </p><p><br/></p><p>It's expected to be complete in 2018 and will feature roughly 51,000 solar panels covering 38 acres.</p><p><br/>
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<br/></p><p><img src="http://static1.businessinsider.com/image/5060b38d69bedd2564000018-480/attached-image.jpg"/><br/></p><p><br/></p><p><span style="text-align: justify;float: none;">The US military as a whole is targeting to generate 25% of its energy needs from renewable sources within 8 years as the Army </span>ramps up its solar goals. <span style="text-align: justify;float: none;">Currently, 27 of the more than 400 domestic military bases have plans in motion for PV microgrids or already have them now.</span><br/></p><p></p><p><br/></p><p></p><p><img class="irc_mi" src="http://tessant.wpengine.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/military-solar.jpg" width="585" height="393" alt="Image result for u.s. military solar"/><br/></p><p><br/></p><h5>Thank you to our friends at <i>Navy Times</i> for providing the article below:</h5><p></p>
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