SolarCity, one of the country's largest residential solar energy system providers, plans to double the amount of rooftop installations across the country by setting up sun-powered systems on 160,000 homes and other buildings on military bases.
The five-year, $1-billion SolarStrong project targets rooftop solar installations at 124 military housing developments in 33 states. SolarCity has already lined up a conditional commitment for a $344-million loan guarantee from the federal government.
The project would eventually generate 371 megawatts of electricity from photovoltaic systems atop family homes, community centers, administrative offices, maintenance buildings, storage warehouses and other facilities built and managed by private companies, SolarCity said.
The first batch of installations is in full swing at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. It's set to provide electricity to 2,000 military homes, the company said.