SolarCity Helps Power Hickam Air Force Base and Meet DOD Renewable Energy Goals
Hickam Residents Will Be Part of One of the Largest Solar Powered Communities in the U.S.
Communities around the country are going solar and thanks to SolarCity, households on U.S. military bases can also join the clean energy ranks. Covering 2,850 acres, the Hickam Air Force base (AFB) is located in Honolulu, Hawaii on the island of Oahu and is home to more than 2,500 military families. Hickam AFB is part of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam and acts as a launch point of strategic air mobility and operational missions. Family housing units on Hickam AFB are privatized and managed and maintained by Hickam Communities, a wholly-owned subsidiary of developer Lend Lease, which operates under a 50 year Lease of Property with the Air Force.
The project will promote a cleaner environment in Hawaii and also help the Air Force meet Department of Defense goals to have 25% of its energy requirements met by renewable energy by 2025. Through a 20-year power purchase agreement, SolarCity will engineer, install and maintain the solar systems, which will be interconnected by Hawaiian Electric Company.
SolarCity and Local Workers Build Green Economy in Hawaii
Installation of the project began in 2011 and is expected to take two years. SolarCity will provide operations and maintenance support over 20 years. SolarCity has created 60 full-time green-collar jobs in Hawaii to work on this project and others, many of which are based at SolarCity's operations center in Mililani, Oahu. These "boots on the roof" are local jobs that will help support Hawaii's emerging green economy.
Hawaii has some of the highest electricity rates in the country and the Air Force expects that the community's energy costs will stabilize with the use of solar energy. The savings on energy costs will ultimately improve the quality of life for deserving military families well into the future. The more than 400 individual solar installations will provide power to more than 2,500 military households and help bring the Air Force and Department of Defense closer to their renewable energy goals.
SolarCity's military Work Expands with Project SolarStrong
Project SolarStrong™ is a plan to build more than $1 billion in solar power projects for privatized U.S. military housing communities across the country, and create up to 300 MW of solar generation capacity. Once complete, Project SolarStrong is expected to be the largest residential solar photovoltaic project in American history.
Hickam Communities will be the second solar-powered community on an Air Force base in the U.S. In October 2009, Lend Lease and SolarCity announced the first solar-powered community on an Air Force base in the U.S., and the nation's largest distributed, community-wide solar power project at Soaring Heights Community, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Arizona.