Gulf Power builds solar power grid at Tyndall Air Force Base


TYNDALL – Gulf Power plans to help Tyndall Air Force Base build a better future by installing a solar power grid at the facility.

As part of Tyndall’s reconstruction after Hurricane Michael to become a “facility of the future”, Gulf Power will build a solar micro-grid capable of powering three buildings on the base. The pilot will help Tyndall become more resilient to power outages and could serve as a prototype for future Defense Department facilities, officials said.

Gulf Power officials say the grid will consist of a 150-kilowatt solar panel and a 2.5-hour, 450-kilowatt battery. The microgrid will have a lifespan of 10 years and should be operational early next year.

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A worker installs the solar power panel that was recently delivered to the Tyndall Air Force Base micro-grid site.

Hurricane Michael, one of four Category 5 storms to ever hit the United States, devastated Tyndall in 2018 and caused damage estimated at $ 4.7 billion to the base, destroying nearly 500 buildings . Last year, the US Air Force announced that Tyndall would be rebuilt as a “facility of the future,” with updated building codes and new “smart building” technologies and features to make the base more resilient.

“As Tyndall rebuilds itself, Gulf Power and Florida Power and Light (FPL) are bringing resilience and renewables to the effort to ensure mission readiness,” said Mike Spoor, vice president of Gulf Power, in a statement. Press. “This pilot project is a win-win for the regional economy, the Air Force and our customers.

By partnering with Tyndall, Gulf Power and FPL expect the opportunity to further explore advanced micro-grid technology, while supporting the US Air Force and the local economy at the same time.

Microgrid technology is particularly capable of meeting customer needs for resilience following extreme weather events such as forest fires and hurricanes. A smaller version of the main power grid, microgrids are able to operate in both grid-connected and ‘island’ mode – meaning that when inclement weather affects the main power grid, a micro-grid can operate. autonomously using its own local energy sources to power the buildings or facilities that the microgrid supports.

“While energy sustainability is only one part of the resilience envisioned at Tyndall, it is an important part,” said Lowell Usrey, program integration manager for the disaster recovery program, in the statement. hurry. “The basis of today’s air force is a weapon system and this weapon system should have the capacity to withstand and recover from extreme events. “

This article originally appeared on The News Herald: Tyndall Air Force Base and Gulf Power Team Up for Solar Power Grid


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