HomeNewsArticle Display

Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JB MDL

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy Miranda A.A. Ballentine speaks at the ground breaking at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 21. The 16.5 megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017.

Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, speaks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 21, 2016, during the ground breaking of a 16.5 megawatt solar energy project. The project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy Miranda A.A. Ballentine break ground at a new solar site with Adjutant General of New Jersey Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff and local business leaders at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 21. The 16.5 megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017.

Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, breaks ground at a new solar site with Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the adjutant general of New Jersey, and local business leaders at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 21, 2016. The 16.5-megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017. (Courtesy photo)

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. (AFNS) --

Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the adjutant general of New Jersey, helped break ground on a 98-acre solar farm at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Dec. 21.

The 16.5-megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017.

“This is a great example of a cleaner, more resilient project, and we’re going to be doing more of them,” Ballentine said. “This project demonstrates the innovative pathways our Airmen and civilians are taking to strengthen mission assurance through energy assurance.” 

Once completed, the solar array will produce more than 21,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy every year – enough to power more than 2,500 homes.

“Solar power is one of the most efficient and affordable energy alternatives today,” Cunniff said. “Whether you're interested in solar power because of its economic or environment impact, during these times of budgetary constraints on the federal side and the state side, I think we can all agree this joint solar project could not happen at a greater time.“

Affiliates of Starwood Energy Group and Energy Management, Inc. developed the project, which is located on a capped landfill. The project is part of the Air Force’s Enhanced Use Lease program that helps create mutually beneficial commercial projects on Air Force land.

“New Jersey’s leadership in solar energy policies is creating a healthier environment, greater energy independence and more stable energy costs for the region,” said Jim Gordon, the EMI president.

More than 15,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions is expected to be reduced, an equivalent of 3,000 cars removed from the road.

“We are pleased to contribute to the renewable energy objectives of the United States military, and appreciate all of the support for this project from the Pentagon, Air Force Civil Engineer Center and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst,” said Brad Nordholm, the senior managing director and co-head of Starwood Energy.

True Green Capital and affiliates will build, own and operate the solar array in partnership with the Conti Group.

Engage

Twitter
The F-16 is able to fly more than 500 miles, deliver its weapons w/ superior accuracy, defend itself against enemy… https://t.co/UjTvbH9G1x
Twitter
Airmen unload a C-130 Hercules @386thAEW. The 386th AEW is @CENTCOM’s theatre gateway & is responsible for deliveri… https://t.co/ScQnaO21Qq
Twitter
Know the tools designed to serve you! https://t.co/obVBkZzapj
Twitter
When #COVID19 disrupted her family's routine, Ayesha Beck, a Phase II Radiology instructor @59_MDW, had to figure o… https://t.co/qf0tyWPbuM
Twitter
.@USAFReserve's Capt. Katie Saunders took a break from her regular job as a Family Nurse Practitioner to serve w/ t… https://t.co/0jawDHGhdx
Twitter
.@RenovoDerm has developed a synthetic version of an advanced skin graft which can be used in wound and burn care.… https://t.co/nULcRAETwa
Twitter
“We’re doing a lot of work toward becoming a more diverse force, but I think we have the opportunity in front of us… https://t.co/qqj6wY0A7v
Twitter
RT @MINationalGuard: Providing exceptional service to Michiganders, the Michigan National Guard has faced unprecedented challenges in respo…
Twitter
Check out how the @F35DemoTeam performs the Inverted-to-Inverted Pass maneuver. #ReadyAF #AimHigh https://t.co/oewD5hsMjH
Twitter
"We’re the big tent service because we have the most diverse mission set. We do leaflets to nukes. We ought to be t… https://t.co/uTsRSr98qA
Twitter
#Staysafe while using your local library. Great job @RamsteinAirBase! https://t.co/m2enNSRWji
Twitter
RT @TheLeeGreenwood: Honored to have collaborated with the @usairforce band and @HomeFreeGuys on my song #GodBlessTheUSA ! Happy Birthday A…
Twitter
.@AFResearchLab shows off some of innovations in response to #COVID19. #ReadyAF #InnovativeAF #AimHigh https://t.co/86UWQQS08i
Twitter
U.S. forces at Yokota Air Base teamed up for training needed to get their special tactics operators where they need… https://t.co/FXxtm6hTKP
Twitter
RT @AirmanMagazine: Happy Independence Day, America! https://t.co/FHQUHvpxpS
Twitter
Thunderbirds, bombers, fighter jets fly over city of Boston on Fourth of July https://t.co/Td08zVocnI
Twitter
The @USDA partners w/ Andersen AFB to prevent the spread of the invasive brown tree snake. USDA & their detection d… https://t.co/aFCE3kmSwP
Twitter
RT @nbcwashington: Watch Live: The U.S. Air Force band is celebrating the Fourth of July with a concert performance at Joint Base Andrews.…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,248,746
Follow Us