SunEdison to install 14.5 MW solar system for DM Air Force Base
(ADPnews) - Sep 16, 2010 - US solar electricity firm SunEdison LLC, a unit of silicon wafer maker MEMC Electronic Materials Inc (NYSE:WFR), will deploy a 14.5 MW photovoltaic (PV) system for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (DMAFB) in Tuscon, Arizona.
The company said on Tuesday that it will finance, design and construct the 130-acre (53-hectare) spanning ground-mounted solar array. In addition, it will operate and maintain the system under a long-term ground-lease agreement with DMAFB, which, in return, will purchase the electricity output in order to offset its demand from the grid.
When completed, the installation will generate around 31.5 million kWh of energy annually and over 575 million kWh over 20 years. Such electricity output is sufficient for over 53,000 homes for one year.
It is expected that the system will provide 35% of DMAFB's total base load of energy.