Groundbreaking for energy savings project at Keesler Air Force Base

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Today, Keesler Air Force Base held a groundbreaking ceremony to announce their latest project. A nearly six million dollar solar energy project is coming to the base to help conserve energy.

Solar energy is quickly becoming the most popular form of renewable energy in the entire world. Keesler Air Force Base plans to bring solar energy to their grounds in the next two years.  Robert Baker with Keesler Air Force Base Engineering Corps said, “We’re bringing 1.5 megawatts of continuous power to the installation. It also provides covered parking, about 497 spots will be covered parking. Retirees, Team Keesler in general, will be able to park on these hot sunny days and provide shading for their vehicles as well.”

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As Baker mentioned, the 1.5 megawatts of power from the photovoltaic carport will generate energy on the base, resulting in massive savings. “We’re looking at close to $2 million savings annually off of the energy costs for the installation.”

The carport is being constructed by Noresco, a Massachusetts-based company.  With South Mississippi in mind, the company has designed the installation to meet wind requirements of up to 170 miles per hour. Senior Project Developer Bridgette Rodgers said, “We know that the weather here is subject to hurricanes and all kinds of winds that come in. So, we took that into consideration.”

Construction is scheduled to be completed by May 2021.