08 Sep '11, 6pm

US Army, SolarCity Team Up for Billion-Dollar Solar Rooftop Project

US Army, SolarCity Team Up for Billion-Dollar Solar Rooftop Project

The U.S. Army just clinched a deal that will move the military branch closer to its goal of using 25 percent renewable energy by 2025. The Army will use private financing to install rooftop solar installations on as many 160,000 privatized military residences in 33 states. To put this in perspective, industry research suggests there are about 166,000 PV installations in the U.S., so the Army deal could just about double that. In terms of output, this plan, valued at more than $1 billion, will deliver a total of 371 megawatts of solar power to military housing. Here are some of the major players behind the deal: SolarCity will install, own and operate the rooftop solar arrays at up to 124 military bases. In a cool twist, the company will put veterans and military family members to work to install and maintain the systems. It's a coup for the company because the deal gives t...

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