January 2013 - U.S. Army Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Bostonia's Solar PV System at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico
WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Jan. 17, 2013) -- The U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar photovoltaic system at White Sands Missile Range, Jan. 16, in a ceremony led by Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, White Sands commander, joined by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.
"I came here about four months ago talking about how White Sands is a national treasure and now we can feel proud that we're really on the environmental edge," Bingham said. "It takes passion to do something like this. I'm just excited about the journey that will lie ahead."
Developed in coordination with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., and Bostonia, the over-four-megawatt White Sands Missile Range solar energy system will generate about 10 million kilowatt-hours of clean electricity annually, and provide an estimated annual savings of $930,000.
Complemented by a 375 kW solar carport, the solar array deployed at White Sands will supply about 10 percent of the total power used at the installation and reduce carbon emissions by 7,400 tons per year. Featuring Solaria's proprietary technology, the 4.1 MW ground-mounted tracking system is also the world's largest low-concentration photovoltaic solar power plant.