Huge D-M Solar Project Expected to Begin Soon

August 27, 2012

The Air Force is moving ahead with plans to build a 14.5-megawatt photovoltaic solar array at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

The D-M installation would be the Air Force's largest in terms of generating capacity, eclipsing a 14-megawatt array that went online at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in 2007.

Construction on the D-M project, initially announced in September 2010, will begin soon with completion planned for no later than December, the Air Force said.

The base has entered into an agreement with California-based solar developer SunEdison LLC to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the array on 170 acres of underutilized base property.

D-M is already home to the largest residential photovoltaic installations in the nation, 6 megawatts worth of solar at D-M's Soaring Heights Communities base housing complex.

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