LAS VEGAS -- Nellis Air Force Base is going totally green -- well, almost. A construction project for NV Energy to build a new $50 million, 15 megawatts, solar plant is set to begin at the base.
“This project will increase our ability to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyber-space,” said Col. Richard Boutwell, Commander at Nellis Air Force Base.
The base has always been a major adopter of the idea of clean energy. In 2007, its 13 megawatt solar array was the largest in the country.
The new solar plant combined with the other solar plant will generate enough electricity to run the entire air force base during the daylight hours. This will make Nellis Air Force Base home to the Department of Defense's largest photovoltaic system.