Microgrid Solar Wins $2.6 M Contract for Solar and Wind Power Project at Military Base

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The Fort Riley, KS project is one of the largest of its kind in the Midwest.

Microgrid Solar, a solar installation company based in St. Louis, has started work on one of the largest Solar and Wind projects in the Midwest. The $2.6 million contract is for solar carports, rooftop solar, and wind turbines to be located at Fort Riley in Kansas.

The US Army Corps of Engineers selected Microgrid Solar as its partner for the renewable energy component of what is being billed as new “net-zero-energy” Brigade Headquarters. Microgrid will install 510 kilowatts (kW) of solar panels covering the roof and structures for the parking lot, as well as 5 vertical axis wind turbines around the perimeter of the building.

The combined power capacity of the project is equivalent to the power used by 100 homes.

“This project is designed not only to meet energy goals, but to demonstrate what will soon become commonplace on military bases around the world,” states Microgrid CEO, Rick Hunter, “We are excited to be a part of this important project.”

The project, scheduled to complete construction in 2013, will also be LEED certified, and includes an extensive ground-source (geothermal) field for all of the heating and cooling needs of the building. There also will be a solar-thermal water heating system.

The US Army, as well as other branches of the military, has made renewable energy integration on bases a major focus, with plans to invest billions of dollars over the next decade. This move is motivated by the desire to have power sources that are less susceptible to potential attacks, and by the need to reduce dependence on foreign oil.


About Microgrid Solar
Microgrid is the leading Midwest solar installer, based in St. Louis, MO, offering turnkey solar services for both commercial and residential clients. The St. Louis Business Journal named Microgrid Solar in the Who’s Who in Energy in 2012 and the Heros of the Planet award in 2011.

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