Coronal Energy and Gulf Power have completed the construction of three solar power facilities, totalling 120MW, on the US Air Force (USAF) and Navy sites.
The new Gulf Coast Solar Center has its facilities at Eglin Air Force Base (AFB) Reservation, Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola’s Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Saufley, and NAS Whiting Field’s NOLF Holley.
Gulf Power chairman, president and CEO Stan Connally said: “Adding clean, affordable energy to our energy grid through the innovative public-private partnership that enabled the completion of all three of the portfolio’s solar facilities is a proud accomplishment for Gulf Power, and a significant milestone for the local economy, our customers, and the environment.”
The 30MW solar plant at Eglin Air Force Base Reservation features close to 371,000 photovoltaic panels and generates clean electricity enough to power close to 4,500 homes annually.
With approximately 600,000 photovoltaic panels, the 50MW facility at NAS Pensacola’s NOLF Saufley generates solar energy to power nearly 7,400 homes every year.
The clean energy generated from the 40MW solar plant at NAS Whiting Field’s NOLF Holley, featuring close to approximately 475,000 photovoltaic panels, will be used to power nearly 6,100 homes annually.
USAF 96th Test Wing commander brigadier general Evan Dertien said: "The initiatives at Eglin AFB, along with those at Saufley and Holley, support the Department of Defense's commitment to increasing renewable energy and are an impressive display of how joint partnerships can have a positive impact on energy independence.
“Additionally, the revenue received for leasing the projects on Eglin lands will afford us the opportunity to invest in energy modernisation initiatives, while serving as a model for military/community partnerships."
All three facilities are expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by more than 3.5 million tons over a period of 25 years.
Image: USAF and US Navy officials join executives from Coronal Energy and Gulf Power at NAS Pensacola NOLF Saufley to flip the switch on the completed 120MW Gulf Coast Solar Center. Photo: courtesy of Business Wire.