☷U S Army Executes Lease with Bright Canyon Energy for Microgrid Energy Resilience Project at Joint Forces Training Base – Los Alamitos California
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Joint Forces Training Base , Los Alamitos , California serves as the California National Guard’s primary military training facility and emergency - response hub in Southern California . More than 6 , 000 National Guard and Reservists from all military branches and first responders train at JFTB - LA . WASHINGTON– The Army executed a 30 - year lease with Bright Canyon Energy ( BCE ) for a privately funded , owned and operated energy resilience project on approximately 100 acres at Joint Forces Training Base – Los Alamitos ( JFTB - LA ) , CA . Construction is expected to begin this summer . The project will provide power to JFTB - LA critical missions for at least 14 days in the event of a grid emergency and also benefit the local community . The project is a collaboration among the U . S . Army Office of Energy Initiatives , JFTB - LA , California National Guard , the U . S . Army Corps of Engineers , and BCE , and will generate 26 megawatts ( MW ) of solar photovoltaics , and include a 20MW/40 MWh battery energy storage system , and 3 MW of backup generators . “Joint Forces Training Base serves as the primary emergency management hub for the California National Guard in Southern California in support of a population base of approximately 18 million people , ” said JFTB Garrison Commander Lt . Col . Manju Vig , “The Guard’s ability to execute this critical mission is predicated on our access to on - site renewable generation that this project provides us to support large - scale emergency response operations . ” The project will increase energy resilience for both JFTB - LA and the surrounding community by adding locally generated renewable energy and capacity to the grid . Moreover , it will allow JFTB - LA to provide emergency response support to first responders during natural or man - made disasters . During normal grid conditions , BCE will sell the energy and capacity generated by the project to San Diego Gas & Electric Company . “Energy resilience is key to transforming the force into the Army of the future . This project ensures carbon free electricity in southern California , supporting the Army’s efforts to increase reliance on clean energy while reducing our greenhouse gas emissions , ” said Rachel Jacobson , Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations , Energy and Environment . “When we increase energy resilience while powering the local grid , it is a winning solution across the board . ” This project is an example of the Army’s commitment to building a microgrid on every installation by 2035 , in accordance with the Army Climate Strategy , and is another example of the Army’s ongoing collaboration with industry , utilities , and local communities , and other stakeholders to increase energy resilience . ASAIEE News: https://www . army . mil/ASAIEE ASAIEE Facebook: https://www . facebook . com/ASAIEE ASAIEE Twitter: https://twitter . com/ASArmyIEE OEI News: https://www . asaie . army . mil/Public/ES/oei/index . html OEI Facebook: https://www . facebook . com/ArmyOEI OEI Twitter: https://twitter . com/ArmyOEI
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