GHG Emissions, Solar, Sourcing Renewables - January 8, 2021
Hunt Military Communities adds rooftop solar to Illinois air force base
Hunt Military Communities (HMC), the largest U.S. military housing owner, announced on Jan. 4 that it will integrate rooftop solar PV systems across its facility at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois. This community includes more than 1,500 homes serving 3,000 residents. The 2.8-MW PV system will produce an estimated 3.5 million kWh of electricity annually and will enable the community to draw 15 to 20% of its total electricity supply from clean, renewable energy.
For HMC, this is the next step in a broad-based effort to improve the sustainability of military housing nationwide. With this update, it has added more than 20 MW of solar across its communities. The project is slated to be completed by Q4 of 2021.
“Hunt Military Communities is wholly dedicated to ensuring that our communities are operating efficiently and with a minimal environmental impact,” John Hoyt, vice president of Hunt Military Communities, said in a statement. “Through the deployment of solar energy systems, we can help reduce energy costs and reinvest those resources into our communities, reaffirming our commitment to military families across the United States.”
These PV systems will further reduce the base’s environmental impact and carbon footprint, ultimately decreasing reliance on non-renewable energy sources. The project directly supports goals set forth by the Department of Defense, as well as the state of Illinois’ goal to achieve 100% renewable energy by the year 2050.
The installation of the rooftop PV systems will be built and operated by affiliates of True Green Capital Management.