Naval Power and Force Projection

Summer 2017

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Working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, recently awarded a contract for a 28.2 megawatt on-site solar energy production facility that projects a significant cost savings of up to 35 percent of Vandenberg's current electricity load. "We worked diligently with Vandenberg's project team, along with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, on completing this complex acquisition and we are excited to finally award the contract," said Cynthia Ralph, DLA Energy Installation Energy contracting officer. "These efforts continue to expand our knowledge and the depth and breadth of our program." The solar energy production facility will be installed on 129 acres of Vandenberg's land. This facility will re-purpose a former housing site located on abandoned land. In addition, the project will be micro- grid capable, allowing for energy security enhancements to the Air Force base in the future. Once finished, the solar array will provide approximately 54,500 megawatt hours of renewable energy to the base annually. Instead of having to appropriate millions of dollars and resources to build the solar energy production facility, Vandenberg AFB will purchase the electricity generated from the facility under a 25-year renewable energy supply agreement. "The chosen business model benefits the Air Force in its ability to enter a long-term contract with a third party thereby avoiding the need to maintain and invest into capital-intensive projects," said Dick Fillman, AFCEC renewable project manager. "Combined with the energy and environmental benefits, this is a great project for the base and the Air Force." Once the facility is operational, it will reduce annual emissions of carbon dioxide by approximately 38,000 metric tons, the equivalent of removing 8,000 vehicles off the road. Construction on the solar energy production facility began in spring 2017 with completion slated for February 2018. "The Air Force has made a big investment in the future of energy resilience by committing to this project," Ralph said. "This results in a big win for the environment as well as for Vandenberg AFB who will be benefiting from a lower cost of energy. It has been a pleasure working with the Air Force's team on this project and we look forward to our long-term partnership." As a Department of Defense combat support agency, DLA provides the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, other federal agencies, and partner nations with a variety of logistics, acquisition and technical services. The agency sources and provides nearly 100 percent of the consumable items America's military forces need to operate, from food, fuel and energy, to uniforms, medical supplies, and construction equipment. For more than 70 years, DLA Energy has provided the DoD and other government agencies with comprehensive energy solutions in the most effective and efficient manner possible. AIMING HIGH WITH SOLAR COMPLIMENTARY SUBSCRIPTION | scan the code to sign up now! B y DL A E ner g y P ublic Aff air s D e f en s e L o gis tic s A genc y E ner gy c ontin ue s to pr o v ide c ompr e hen s ive ener gy s ol u tion s to t he mili tar y s er v ic e s b y a w ar ding i t s l ar ge s t s ol ar ener gy c ont r ac t f or t he U .S . A ir For c e . The Defense Logistics Agency Energy recently awarded a contract for the Air Force for a 28.2 megawatt on-site solar energy production facility at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Once finished, the solar array will look like this photo and will provide approximately 54,500 megawatt hours of renewable energy to the base annually. (DLA Energy) Cynthia Ralph ENERGY ALTERNATIVES SOLAR AUGMENTATION 28 | NP&FP and DoD P&E | Summer 2017

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