U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. — After a year of operation, the data is in. The Academy has received roughly seven and half percent more power than anticipated from the 6-megawatt solar array project that began production last summer.
A total of 18,888 solar panels were installed along 41 acres on the Academy’s southeast corner and began operation for renewable energy on July 1, 2011. Since then, the project has provided the Academy
12.5 million kilowatt hours in power when it was originally estimated to provide only 11.6 million kilowatt hours in power.
The $18.3-million project was awarded to Colorado Springs Utilities who subcontracted to SunPower Corp. in August 2009 through funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.