The Department of the Navy and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power have kicked off constructionÂ work onÂ a 210-megawatt direct current solar facility in Arizona to power 14 Navy and Marine Corps installations.
Sempra will install more than 650,000 photovoltaic panels on ground-mounted trackers for the Mesquite Solar 3 project located 60 miles outside of Phoenix, the Navy said Thursday.
The Mesquite 3 solar facility and other solar power plants in North Carolina and Georgia will bring the total power supply for Navy installations to 1.2 gigawattÂ as the branch seeksÂ to meet a 2009Â congressional mandate to procure 25 percent of Defense DepartmentÂ facility energy from renewable sources by 2025.
“The collaboration on Mesquite Solar 3 is a triumph of innovative problem solving, and will help to increase the DON’s energy security by diversifying our power portfolio and improving energy efficiency,” said Ray Mabus, Navy secretary.
Sempra inked the agreement with Western Area Power Administration in July and the company is scheduled toÂ complete construction by the end of 2016.