Solar Farm Eyed for Robins

Robins AFB, Ga., could host a solar energy farm to help meet the base’s energy needs, announced base officials. The Air Force is offering 57 acres on the southwest side of the base as a potential site for a commercial solar plant under its Enhanced Use Leasing initiative, according to Robins’ March 29 release. “This is a great opportunity for the base to participate in a renewable energy project,” said Dave Bury, Robin’s energy manager. On April 4, Robins will host an industry day for potential developers to learn more about Air Force energy development opportunities and EUL, states the release. The EUL program allows the Air Force to lease property in exchange for cash or in-kind consideration from private developers. The Air Force has embraced solar power as one type of renewable energy to help reduce its dependence on foreign sources of energy. For example, Nellis AFB, Nev., already hosts a large solar farm. (Robins report by Jenny Gordon) (See also More Ambitious Solar Projects Planned.)