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Military's First Utility-Sized Renewable Energy Project

A US Army base employs a utility-sized solar project
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The Tooele Army Depot in Utah will become one of the first military bases to get a utility-sized renewable energy project as the Department of Defense moves closer to its goal of obtaining 25 percent of its electricity from renewable sources.

Infinia was chosen to build a farm of its unique solar dishes on vacant land at the base, which will include 430 Infinia Power Dishes, 22 feet in diameter, that revolve to track the sun throughout the day. The parabolic mirrors focus on the sun's rays, heating up a chamber of helium gas, which drives a piston to generated electricity. Those components will all be manufactured on the base.

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"We want to be secure, we want, if the power grid goes down, we still want to be able to do business here," said Tooele Army Depot Business Development Specialist Raymond Torres to KSL.

Although only one windmill currently stands at the base, Rocky Mountain Power is building a high-voltage transmission line nearby and the Army plans to provide land to developers with renewable energy proposals. 

Infinia plans to begin construction later this year, generating electricity by November.

 

 

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