Solar Power Exceeds Expectations

Solar Power Exceeds Expectations

Davis-Monthan Solar Array, outside Tucson, AZ

At the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona, the Air Force's largest solar energy farm has just celebrated its first birthday. This solar farm, completed in December 2013, was a collaboration between the USAF and several local power/technology companies in the area around Tucson, Arizona. This power generation facility was intended to provide 35% of the power used by the Air Force base, but in actuality provides well over 40% of the needed energy, including all of the daytime energy. Just in the last year, it provided enough energy to power 3,600 homes for an entire year. The success of this array of solar panels has prompted the military to construct two more near the Pacific Coast, each one larger and more powerful than the Davis-Monthan array. With all of this positive growth in the field of solar energy, we may be seeing more of it moving into the private sector in the near future. Engineering know-how is going to be necessary to reduce our impact on the planet and make the human species more environmentally friendly. Read the full article at http://www.military.com/daily-news/2014/12/18/air-forces-largest-solar-array-celebrates-first-anniversary.html