Renewable energy: saves money, energy, reduces carbon footprint
By Roland Balik, 436th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published June 25, 2018
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- Keeping consistent with Department of Defense energy conservation initiatives, 149 of 982 houses at Dover Family Housing community known as Eagle Heights, are scheduled to have rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels, commonly known as solar panels, installed over the next five months.
Upon Department of the Air Force approval for this long-term energy sustainable project, Hunt Military Communities partnered with Hunt Alternative Energy and True Green Capital Management, LLC, a private equity fund based in Westport, Connecticut, focused on distributed energy infrastructure projects.
Hunt Alternative Energy developed the project working with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center from the project’s inception to obtain the necessary entitlements and approvals from different project stakeholders. True Green Capital will own and operate the projects under a 20-year agreement with Hunt Military Communities.
PosiGen, headquartered in Jefferson, Louisiana, is a nationwide solar energy service provider performing the design and installation of the PV panels and associated equipment here in the housing area.
“I am very pleased that Hunt is venturing into renewable energy in Eagle Heights Housing. Hunt is seizing an opportunity to help long-term funding of the Eagle Heights community. There are many benefits to this effort,” said Col. Randy Boswell, 436th Mission Support Group commander. “First, the funds generated by transmitting energy back into the electric grid helps offset operating expenses allowing more dollars to flow into savings accounts for future repairs. Secondly, the project helps the Air Force and Delaware meet goals for purchasing clean energy and reducing our carbon footprint.”
Electricity generated by PV panels are directed to the electrical grid, not the individual house, thus reducing Hunt’s cost for purchasing electricity.
“Occupants of houses with PV panels installed will not see their individual electricity bill go down,” said Terris Bagwell, HMC community director. “The reduction in Hunt’s energy bill will allow recapitalization and reinvestment by Hunt for ongoing community improvement projects.”
Depending on the size of the house, installation of the PV panels generally takes three to five days.
“PosiGen is honored to have been selected to work with the Hunt Military Communities and Hunt Alternative Energy groups,” said Thomas Neyhart, CEO PosiGen Solar Support. “We are excited to bring the many benefits of solar energy to Dover Family Housing.”
Houses identified for PV panel installation primarily face between the south and west direction.
“The installation project started on May 2, 2018,” said Tom Charlip, PosiGen senior operations manager.
The DFH community center has been identified as one of the 149 to have PV panels installed.
"True Green Capital Management is pleased to expand its existing relationship with Hunt Military Communities and the U.S. Air Force and continue to provide lower cost, clean and self-generated energy to the local community," said Bo Wiegand, partner at True Green Capital Management, LLC.
Many agencies partnered together to make this project come to fruition.
“AFCEC and base leadership support has been instrumental in the project’s success, and we look forward to working together on additional projects,” said Mark Begeny of Hunt Alternative Energy.
Depending on weather conditions, PV panel installation is scheduled to be completed by the first week in August, according to Charlip.
Boswell said, “I look forward to seeing the project completed and the long-term success of our housing community.”