Trinity Solar installs 12.3 MW of solar power on N.J. military base

The electric capacity of this new system will help the DOD reach its goals of deploying 3 GW of renewable energy on military installations

Trinity Solar has recently completed a 12.3 MW residential solar power installation at United Communities LLC, the private manager of the military multifamily community at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, bringing renewable power to the privatized housing community on base occupied by over 2,100 military families.

The system represents one of the largest solar-powered military communities in the country. Generating an estimated 13.7 million kWh of clean, affordable electricity every year, the system is projected to account for over 30 percent of the community's annual energy usage.

Additionally, the installation will be able to help the Department of Defense — the largest energy consumer in the country — meet major sustainability goals. The electric capacity of this new system will help the DOD reach its goals of deploying 3 GW of renewable energy on military installations and obtaining 25 percent of its total power requirements from independent renewable sources by 2025.

The construction of the project employed over 120 engineering, electrical and maintenance workers, and helped add to New Jersey's solar electric capacity, which currently ranks second in the U.S. According the Environmental Protection Agency, the system's estimated annual production of 13.7 million kWh of clean power offsets in excess of 1 million gallons of gasoline or about 22 million barrels of foreign crude oil each year.

Senior lender CIT Bank and solar crowd funding platform, Mosaic, provided project debt for the installation, while the equity was provided by installation owner True Green Capital Management LLC.

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