The Portuguese Ministers of National Defense and Environment and Climate Action inaugurated earlier this week a 200-kW solar array inside the Air Force Base No 5 (BA5) in Monte Real.
Consisting of 540 photovoltaic (PV) panels of 370 W each, spread over an area of 3,000 sq m, the facility will allow the military base to achieve a 50% reduction in the power used during rush hours, allowing for larger savings in the electricity bill.
The government expects that the PV array will present a return on investment in five years. Connected to the country's electrical grid, BA5's solar system should be able to prevent the emission of approximately 800 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) into the atmosphere annually.
The Defense Minister Joao Gomes Cravinho said during the plant's inauguration the his ministry is fully committed to mitigating environmental impacts and becoming more sustainable. Portugal needs to double its renewable capacity in order to achieve its objective of carbon neutrality in 2050, the minister of Environment and Climate Action, Joao Pedro Matos Fernandes, added.