The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has selected Clark Energy Group, an affiliate of Clark Realty Capital, to develop the largest solar power project in the Department of Defense (DoD) at Fort Irwin, California. Acciona Solar Power also will partner with Clark Energy to construct and manage the Fort Irwin Solar Energy EUL project.
The proposed development, which will use a combination of photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal technologies, will ultimately include over 500 megawatts (MW) of solar power that will produce 1,250 gigawatt hours (GWh) of renewable energy per year at Fort Irwin facilities. The Clark-Acciona plan calls for a phased implementation that takes into consideration site characteristics, constraints, available resources, current and future technologies, cost, access to transmission lines, and length of approval and connection processes at each stage of construction.
The Fort Irwin Solar Energy EUL pilot project is an initiative of the Secretary of the Army’s Senior Energy Council, which is tasked with coordinating and promoting energy security and policy for the Army. The council is focused on implementing energy-efficient measures and encouraging the production of alternative sources of energy across the Army’s land holdings in the United States.