Base cuts costs with renewable energy
The project is the first Air Force initiative of its kind in the continental United States and is a joint effort between the base and Headquarters Air Force Space Command.


By 1st Lt. Darrick Lee, 90th Space Wing Public Affairs
Posted Friday, June 10, 2005

  
Base cuts costs with renewable energy
F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. – Two wind turbines, like this one from Ascension Island in the south Atlantic, are being built here. Warren’s wind farm will provide a renewable energy source for more than 500 homes annually. Construction began June 2. Completion is expected in September.


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F.E. WARREN AFB, Wyo. – Renewable energy will soon power homes here as construction of two 900-kilowatt wind turbines began June 2.
The project is the first Air Force initiative of its kind in the continental United States and is a joint effort between the base and Headquarters Air Force Space Command.

AFSPC is the only Air Force command to have wind farms on its bases. Ascension Island, in the south Atlantic, was the first AFSPC wind farm with four turbines erected in 1998 and an additional two units installed in 2003.

The turbines will help Warren comply with an executive order to use renewable energy sources while helping the base meet its annual energy goals, according to Lt. Col. Joe Ballard, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron commander.

“Wind turbines are a perfect green energy source for Warren,” said Ken Davis, Warren’s Wind Turbine Project Manager. “We have plenty of wind, an ample window of free space, and the economies of payback make them a cost-effective alternative [to coal- or gas-generated electricity].”

The wind farm, which is being built within the western perimeter of the base, can produce enough energy to power 522 homes annually, according to Mr. Davis. The turbines will provide roughly 10 percent of F.E. Warren’s main base electricity.

The project is scheduled to be completed in late September or early October. Funding, a little more than $2.5 million, came from the Department of Defense Energy Conservation Investment Program. The turbines will pay for themselves in approximately 12 years and have a 15- to 20-year lifespan.

AMEC Earth and Environmental, an international project management and services company with offices in Lakewood, Colo., is the contractor.

Warren energy officials plan to build two to three additional turbines on base as more funding becomes available.


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