Fort Knox flips the switch on a 2.1 MW Solar PV Installation, taking a leadership position within U.S. Government Energy Efficiency initiatives. The cost-neutral project will produce over 2.5 million kWh of renewable energy annually, offset 6-million pounds of CO2 per year, and has supported 421 jobs.
Fort Knox activated its recently completed solar photovoltaic (PV) installation today, bringing online 2.1 MW of renewable solar energy. Through an agreement with the electric utility Nolin Rural Electric Cooperative Corporation(Nolin RECC), the on-base installation generates power for the exclusive use of Fort Knox and its functions. This arrangement makes the solar PV installation cost-neutral against the Fort’s conventional energy procurement options.
The solar PV installation establishes Fort Knox as a leader in meeting federal energy efficiency mandates and U.S. Army’s Net-Zero Iniative Objectives – all while supporting jobs and the environment. The array simultaneously reduces dependency on foreign oil and increases America’s energy generation capacity. The project helped support 421 American jobs while using solar panels and power inverters made in the U.S.A. The array’s design and implementation were completed by Louisville-based Earthwell Energy Management, Inc. The 6-million pounds of CO2 offset annually by the installation is the equivalent of planting 15,000 trees or removing 560 cars from the road.
“Today is a watershed moment for Earthwell in fulfilling its mission to create a more sustainable future,” stated Johnny Miller, President and Founder of Earthwell Energy Management, Inc. “Earthwell stands ready to do our part to usher in a new economy, built on energy conservation and clean renewable energy.”