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United States Air Force

October 2011 - Construction is underway at Edwards Air Force Base (CA) for the installation of three solar farms, which will generate an estimated 3 megawatts (MW) of electricity for the Air Force base. Edwards will purchase the solar power through a power purchase agreement (PPA) with Borrego Solar. The solar farms will be located near Edwards' electricity substations, as the panels will be connected to Edwards' electric grid. Construction of the solar installations will be completed by the end of 2011.

News Release - New solar farms could light the way to power bill savings at Edwards

November 2010 - The U.S. Air Force Academy has broken ground on a 6-megawatt solar system. The installation of more than 19,000 solar panels is expected to be completed by April 2011. The system will provide up to 15 percent of the Air Force Academy's energy needs.

The project will be designed, built, and operated by SunPower Corp. The power will be sold to Colorado Springs Utilities, which will then deliver it to the Air Force Academy, under a 25-year agreement.

News Release - AFA breaks ground on 6-megawatt solar array

News Article - Academy launches one of largest solar projects in state

September 2010 - Arizona Public Service Co (APS) announced it is developing a 15-megawatt photovoltaic (PV) power plant at Luke Air Force Base in Glendale, Arizona. SunPower Corp. will design and construct the power plant on 100-acres of underutilized land at the base and APS will own and operate upon completion in summer 2011. The plant will use single-axis tracking to increase efficiency and is expected to generate the equivalent of 50 percent of the base's power demand.

This is the second solar project collaboration between APS and Luke Air Force Base. In 2006, APS provided $1.5 million in incentives to reduce the cost of integrating a 375-kilowatt solar system into the base exchange's (BX) new roof.

News Article - Glendale Luke Air Force Base solar project draws supporters, skeptics

News Article - Air Force Base Installing 15 MW of Solar

February 2008 - Over the last three months, the U.S. Air Force has nearly doubled its renewable energy purchases to 899 million kWh annually, making it the largest government green power purchaser and the third largest purchaser among public- and private- sector employers nationally. The green power, which is derived from biomass, geothermal, solar and wind resources, represents about 9% of the Air Force's total electricity use. The Air Force procures renewable energy in the form of nationally-sourced renewable energy certificates (RECs), as well as through utility green pricing programs and on-site renewable energy projects.

News Release - Air Force is biggest user of green power

Additional Information - Green Power Partnership U.S. Air Force Partner Profile

January 2008 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued revised lists of its leading green power partners nationally. Intel Corporation vaulted to the head of the National Top 25 list by committing to purchase 1.3 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of renewable energy certificates annually. The U.S. Air Force climbed back to 3rd place after more than doubling its annual green power purchases to nearly 900 million kWh per year. In addition, HSBC North America jumped to the 10th spot by more than doubling its green power purchase to 300 million kWh per year. New to the National Top 25 list are two Texas cities—the City of Dallas (#9) and the City of Houston (#12), which are now the leading local government purchasers in EPA's program.

EPA also announced that fifty-three Fortune 500 companies are collectively purchasing more than 6 billion kWh of green power annually, surpassing the agency's challenge to double the size of their combined purchases. In December 2006, the EPA set a goal for Fortune 500 companies to exceed 5 billion kWh of green power purchases by the end of 2007.

EPA's Green Power Partnership works with more than 850 partner organizations that are collectively buying more than 13 billion kWh of green power annually.

News Release - Fifty-three Fortune 500 Corporations Surpass EPA Green Power Goals; Intel Corporation Leads Nation as New No. 1 Purchaser

October 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership (GPP) released its quarterly list of the "Top 25" organizations that purchase electricity generated from renewable energy resources. While the U.S. Air Force remains the top national purchaser, Wells Fargo & Company has become the top corporate purchaser, placing second overall. Other new list entrants include DuPont Company (No. 7), Vail Resorts (No. 9), Sprint Nextel (No. 14), California State University System (No. 19), City of Austin, Texas (No. 21), and NatureWorks LLC (No. 23).

In aggregate, Green Power Partners purchase more than 7 billion kWh of renewable energy annually, an increase of nearly 240% since the end of 2004. The Top 25 purchases account for nearly 4.7 billion kWh or about two-thirds of all Partner purchases.

News Release - EPA's Green Power Top-25 Announced: Wells Fargo Joins List as Top Corporation

Additional Information - EPA GPP Top 25 Partners

April 2006 - The U.S. Air Force retained its place at the top of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the "Top 25" national purchasers in the Green Power Partnership. The Air Force purchases more than one billion kWh of renewable energy annually.

Two new Partners made the list: IBM Corporation (No. 10) and Northwestern University (tie for No. 22). Other significant movement within the list includes Johnson & Johnson claiming the No. 3 spot and the University of Pennsylvania climbing to No. 8 from its previous position, tied for No. 20. Combined, the Top 25 purchases amount to 3.6 billion kWh of green power annually or approximately 73% of green power purchases made by all Partners.

Additional Information - Top 25 Partners

EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004

January 2006 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership issued an updated list of its "Top 25 Partners" for the end of 2005. The U.S. Air Force maintained its spot as the top purchaser of green power nationally—a rank it has held since the list was first published in September 2004—with current annual purchases of more than one billion kWh. Whole Foods Market is now second on the list with annual purchases of 458.4 million kWh, equivalent to 100% of its total corporate electricity needs. Other leading corporate purchasers include Johnson & Johnson (241.4 billion kWh annual purchase and fourth on the list); Starbucks (150 million kWh, sixth); Safeway Inc. (78 million kWh, eighth); and HSBC North America (68.2 million kWh, tenth).

Collectively, the Top 25 "Partners" purchase 3.3 billion kWh of green power annually, representing approximately 75% of the total purchases made by all 600 Partners.

Additional Information - Top 25 Partners

EPA Contact: Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004

October 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) honored a group of organizations committed to advancing the development of green power markets in the United States. The annual Green Power Leadership Awards, recognizing leading national green power purchasers and suppliers, were presented on October 24 at the Tenth National Green Power Marketing Conference in Austin, Texas.

EPA and DOE presented awards for green power purchasing to 29 organizations. The highest honor in purchasing, the Green Power Partner of the Year Award, was presented to HSBC North America, Johnson & Johnson, the U.S. Air Force and WhiteWave Foods Company. Additional Purchaser Award winners included: Alameda County, California; Aspen Skiing Company; the Atlantic Golf division of the Brick Companies; Dagoba Organic Chocolate; FedEx Express Oakland, California Hub Facility; City of Fresno, Calif.; Green Mountain Coffee Roasters; Harvard University; the Hyatt Regency Dallas and the Hyatt Regency Dallas-Fort Worth; Mohawk Fine Papers; Safeway Inc.; St. Francis Winery and Vineyard; Starbucks Coffee; The University of Minnesota, Morris; the City of Vallejo, Calif.; Western Washington University; Whole Foods Market – Rocky Mountain Region; and the World Bank Group.

Seven awards were also presented to organizations demonstrating notable success in marketing and encouraging green power program participation. The highest honor, Green Power Program of the Year, was presented to Austin Energy's GreenChoice Program for the second consecutive year. Other Supplier Award winners included 3 Phases Energy; Enel North America, Inc.; Florida Power & Light; PacifiCorp's Blue Sky Program; PECO WIND and Community Energy; and the Sacramento Municipal Utility District.

CRS presented Green Power Market Development Awards to organizations and individuals showing leadership in building and shaping the market for renewable energy. Recipients included 3 Phases Energy, Gainesville Regional Utilities, Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Blair Swezey of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL).

More Information - 2005 Award Ceremony Booklet (PDF 1.1 MB) Download Acrobat Reader

October 2005 - The U.S. Air Force leads the nation in green power purchasing, recently announcing collective purchases in excess of 1 billion kWh annually. This more than triples the 320 million kWh that the Air Force purchased in fiscal year 2004, which at the time represented 41% of all green power purchased by the federal government.

Most of the green power purchased by the Air Force comes from wind energy, but its portfolio also includes the use of biomass energy at Hill AFB in Utah, and more than 3,500 ground source heat pumps at various installations. In addition, the Air Force generates its own power by operating a 2.4-MW wind farm on Ascension Island and a 1.3-MW wind farm at F.E. Warren AFB in Wyoming. At least two bases—Dyess AFB in Texas and Fairchild AFB in Washington—purchase green power for 100% of their electricity needs.

News Release - U.S. Air Force Remains the Nation's Leading Purchaser of Green Power

News Article - Air Force Nation's Leading Green Power User

August 2005 - The Defense Energy Support Center (DESC) is soliciting offers for a one-time delivery of 846,875 MWh of renewable energy certificates (RECs) on behalf of the U.S. Air Force. The RECs delivery is requested for September 30, 2005 and one-half of the RECs must meet the eligibility requirements of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Power Partnership. The Air Force already ranks first among EPA Green Power Partners with 321,416 MWh of annual renewable energy purchases. The solicitation response deadline is August 12, 2005.

More Information - Defense Energy Support Center Solicitation: SP0600-05-R-0415

DESC Contacts: Leslie Simpson (703)767-8356 or Lisa Robert (703) 767-8533

April 2005 - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Green Power Partnership released its list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers. The U.S. Air Force leads the list with annual renewable energy purchases of 321 million kWh for Air Force bases across the country, followed by Johnson & Johnson (241 million kWh), EPA (221 million kWh), The World Bank (85 million kWh) and the U.S. General Services Administration, Region 2 (76 million kWh).

The Green Power Partnership is an EPA voluntary program working to standardize green power procurement as part of best practice in environmental management. Partners in the program pledge to switch to green power for a portion of their electricity needs in return for EPA technical assistance and public recognition.

News Release - EPA Releases List of Top 25 Green Power Purchasers

EPA Contacts:
Kurt Johnson (202) 343-9231
Matt Clouse (202) 343-9004

March 2004 - The Bonneville Power Administration announced that Fairchild Air Force Base, located outside of Spokane, WA, is buying renewable energy to meet the entire electricity load of the military base. Under the agreement, Fairchild is purchasing 65.7 million kWh of green power from wind (99%) and small hydro (1%) projects in the region. The bulk of the purchase is in the form of renewable energy certificates, which represent the environmental attributes of the renewable energy generation, with the remainder made up of delivered energy.

News Release - Fairchild Air Force Base Rides The Wind

BPA Contacts: Ed Mosey or Mike Hansen (503) 230-5131

February 2003 - TXU Energy, which serves 2.7 million electric customers in Texas, announced that it has contracted with Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene to supply wind power to meet the entire electricity requirements of the base. Under the two-year agreement, Dyess will purchase approximately 78 million kilowatt-hours of wind power each year, thus becoming the largest retail wind power purchaser in the United States. Dyess is offsetting the extra cost of the wind power with savings realized in the state's competitive retail electricity market.

News Release - TXU Energy Provides "Air Support" for U.S. Air Force Base

News Article - Dyess, TXU Energy sign wind-power deal

Newsletter - Dyess Becomes America's Leading Wind Energy Consumer (PDF 2.7 MB) Download Acrobat Reader


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