SolarCity, Lend Lease unveil partnership within SolarStrong project
Jul 17, 2012 - US solar system provider SolarCity and Australia-based property and infrastructure group Lend Lease (ASX:LLC) are partnering to provide solar energy to over 850 military residences as part of SolarCity's SolarStrong project, the companies said Tuesday.
Through the SolarStrong initiative, SolarCity aims to bring solar power to up to 120,000 military homes in the US.
The project unveiled today involves residences at the Tierra Vista communities, managed by Lend Lease, at three Air Force bases, one in Los Angeles and two in Colorado Springs.
SolarCity will engineer, install and maintain the solar systems for the Tierra Vista programme, which is expected to include over 18,000 solar panels and generate more than 6.4 million kWh per year. The systems are anticipated to offset between 30% and 60% of the power needs of each community and help ease strain on the grid during hot summer months.
Simon Muir of Lend Lease said the project was a step towards meeting the US defence department's goal of having renewable sources account for 25% of its energy consumption by 2025.
SolarCity and Lend Lease have already completed solar projects at military bases in Tucson, Arizona and Honolulu, Hawaii.