Arkansas defense manufacturing business flips switch on 2.4-MW solar + storage space project

Oct 29, 2020 04:05 PM ET
  • Florida-based aerospace and also protection corporation, General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (OTS), announced previously this year a collaboration with Today's Power, Inc. (TPI) of North Little Rock, Arkansas, to establish two 1.2-MW solar arrays at their facilities based in Calhoun County, Arkansas.
Arkansas defense manufacturing business flips switch on 2.4-MW solar + storage space project

The projects, now completed, supply the defense business with clean electrical energy. Additionally, this project notes the remarkable arrival of battery power storage in the currently robust eco-friendly footprint of South Arkansas. Two Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) for Ouachita Electric Cooperative (OECC) were combined with both solar arrays set up for General Dynamics-OTS.

General Dynamics Ordnance as well as Tactical Systems started the info celebration for this project in 2018 with the goal of obtaining energy cost reduction and ecological sustainability. With the existing critical partnership with Ouachita Electric Cooperative and the State of Arkansas, it appeared that there was feasible chance to produce a remedy that would certainly benefit the atmosphere, the bordering neighborhood as well as General Dynamics-OTS.

TPI was picked as the programmer for this project after the RFP phase was completed and also given all the equipment, materials, and also solutions required for the style, building and construction, operation as well as upkeep of the completed solar center.

Soon after the choice of General Dynamics-OTS to go solar, and as even more renewables are coming online, OECC saw the possibility to buy facilities that can enhance the distribution system's resiliency by leveraging the chance to demonstrate grid reliability with battery storage space and also solar power.

"Together with our companions TPI and also OECC, we have located an option for broadening our usage of renewable energy and also obtaining environmental sustainability. This project not only lowers cost, however extra notably, it favorably impacts our employees, our neighborhood and also the setting. This campaign is the foundation for future endeavors as we continue to reduce our procedure's carbon footprint," claimed Eric Ellis, VP precision systems at General Dynamics-OTS.

The planetary systems will power General Dynamics-OTS Camden Operations, which is an industry leader in the high price manufacturing, system combination as well as screening of energised products. As part of General Dynamics-OTS, Camden Operations functions as the firm's eruptive tons, put together and pack facility, supporting a range of U.S. military programs, including the HYDRA 70 2.75 inch rocket, Hellfire, Javelin, Stormbreaker as well as JASSM warheads, the Modular Artillery Charge System (MACS), and also numerous other ordnance programs. Camden Operations residences over 880,000 square feet of manufacturing and also storage room with around 300 staff members.

The two on-site energy storage systems save electrical power produced from both solar installments as well as have a result of 2.4 MW for two hrs. TPI has established the battery energy storage system to decrease the wholesale power expenses of OECC while also increasing the resiliency of the grid for all OECC clients, as this facility will also supplement the other distribution centers of Ouachita Electric, such as the OECC substation in Hampton.

"TPI is thrilled to companion with GD-OTS and OECC to provide both entities with significant financial savings. With this renewable sustainable web metering facility, GD-OTS can generate more economical defense products which aids all Americans as well as the solar + storage center will certainly aid OECC attain considerable savings for all of its members. Its unusual when one project can profit a lot of consumers. I praise the management of GD-OTS as well as OECC on making this project a truth," said Michael Henderson, president of TPI.