Clark Energy, Acciona to Build Army Solar Project

The U.S. Army has selected Clark Energy Group and Spanish renewable-energy developer Acciona (ACXIF.PK) to build a 500-megawatt (MW) solar-power project at Ft. Irwin, California.

The project was announced last October and will include a multi-technology approach to delivering up to 1,000 MW.

The Clark-Acciona solar proposal features the phased-in development of both photovoltaic and concentrated solar thermal technologies at an industrial scale. The solar projects may cost up to $2 billion, according to developer estimates.

The Fort Irwin Solar Energy EUL pilot project, administered by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, seeks to leverage private capital and expertise to fund installation maintenance and operation costs in exchange for long-term leases of Army land through its statutory authority, Title 10 USC, Section 2667.

"The Army is aggressively exploring opportunities such as this to leverage renewable energy alternatives and improve our energy security posture, in close partnership with other government agencies and the private sector," said Jerry Hansen, Army Senior Energy Executive.

Fort Irwin is located in the California High Mojave Desert, midway between Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California. The installation hosts the National Training Center, which is the Army’s premier heavy maneuver Combat Training Center and NASA’s Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex whose main purpose is to track and communicate with space missions.

Clark Energy Group is an affiliate of Clark Realty Capital.


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