According to Jeffery Blazi, Nellis Air BaseNellis Solar Array 1’s utility and energy manager provided enough electricity to power more than 2,350 homes in 2020.
In addition, NSA 1 enables Nellis AFB to save $ 1 million in electricity per year and reduce its annual greenhouse gas emissions by 24,000 tonnes. NSA 1 was built in 2007 and covers 140 acres, which includes a previous landfill of 33 acres and provides 14.2 megawatts of electricity.
NSA 2 occupies 102 acres. According to Blazi, when it was built in 2015, the Air Force received a new emergency substation and power supply worth $ 10 million in exchange for the lease of the land. Currently, NSA 2 provides 18.8 MW of solar power, avoiding 17,700 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.
âIf you combine NSA 1 and NSA2, then Nellis (AFB) has arguably the largest solar panel in the Air Force,â Blazi said. “Eglin, Vandenberg, Elmendorf, Osan, Ramstein, Davis-Monthan, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst and Luke (AFB) also have large solar panels.”
Powering the base during the day is not the end of the electricity produced by solar fields.
âAbout 19% of the solar energy we produce is off-grid to supply the local community,â said Blazi. “That’s enough electricity to power about 900 single-family homes.”
At night, the base receives electricity from the Nevada Energy grid.
According to the Air Force’s Office of the Environment, Safety and Infrastructure, “Each October, the Air Force Department recognizes Energy Awareness Month to highlight the vital role of the Air Force. energy for our combat readiness and preparedness, and the strategic importance of climate change mitigation and adaptation through energy-based solutions.
For Energy Awareness Month, here are some ways to save energy and the environment:
Unplug equipment that drains energy when not in use (eg, cell phone chargers, coffee makers, office printers, etc.).
Collect your utility bills. Separate electricity and fuel bills. Target the biggest energy consumer or the biggest bill for energy saving measures.
In the winter, open the curtains on south-facing windows during the day to allow sunlight to naturally heat your home, and close them at night to reduce any cold you might experience from cold windows.
ENERGY STAR labeled products can reduce your energy bills by up to 30%.
Schedule an energy audit (ask your utility company or the national energy board) for expert advice on your home as a whole.
Replace aging and inefficient devices. Even if the device still has a few useful years, replacing it with a high-performance model is usually a good investment.
Cut down on your air conditioning costs by planting shade trees and shrubs around the house, especially on the west side.
To save gasoline when driving, limit speed, accelerate and decelerate more slowly, eliminate excess / unnecessary weight, reduce unnecessary idling and miles traveled, and make sure the tires are well ventilated.
Save energy and save money on monthly bills. Check with local electricity, gas and water companies for savings incentives. Some local businesses offer discounts for installing energy efficient equipment, as well as wireless thermostats and other things that can help save energy.