March 2010 - The U.S. Navy awarded a $200 million contract to five solar development companies for the construction of up to 40 megawatts (MW) of photovoltaic (PV) power plants in the southwestern United States. The companies, SunEdison, AECOM Energy, Solar Power Partners, Inc., SunPower Corporation, SunDurance Energy LLC, and Chevron Energy Solutions Company, will construct, own, operate, and maintain the PV systems, selling power to the Navy and Marine Corps through power purchase agreements. In October 2009, the U.S. Navy established a goal of producing at least 50 percent of its shore-based energy from renewables by 2020.
News Release - NAVFAC Southwest Solar Energy Contract Will Generate 40 Megawatts
December 2009 - REC Solar, a solar installer, announced an agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to build 1.7 megawatts of solar power systems on federal facilities in California, Arizona and Nevada. With completion scheduled for the end of spring 2010, the PV systems will be installed at California VA Medical Centers in Palo Alto, Fresno, Los Angeles, and Long Beach, as well as VA Medical Centers in Tucson, AZ and Reno, NV. The high-efficiency systems will utilize over 7,000 Renewable Energy Corporation photovoltaic modules on roof, carport, and ground-mounted applications.
News Release - Veterans Affairs Hospitals and REC Solar Sign Contract to Build 1.7 Megawatts of Solar Power Systems in California, Arizona, and Nevada
REC Solar Contact: Isabelle Christensen, 650-815-6778
January 2007 - Wells Fargo & Company took the top spot in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) list of the nation's "Top 25" green power purchasers with a commitment to 550 million kWh of annual renewable energy purchases, which represents 42% of the company's total electricity use. Newcomers to the list include Cisco Systems Inc. (at #11), New York University (#13), Carbonfund.org (#17), the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (#18), and Kohl's Department Stores (#23).
The EPA Green Power Partnership is comprised of a diverse set of organizations including Fortune 500 companies, small and medium businesses, government institutions, and colleges and universities that had committed to a total of more than 7 billion kWh of annual renewable energy purchases at the end of 2006.
News Release - Private Sector Tops Green Power List
News Article - Wells Fargo tops U.S. buyers of green power: EPA
Additional Information - EPA Green Power Partnership Top 25 Partners