Balfour Beatty Communities, SolarCity Team Up to install Solar on 4,700 Homes at America’s Largest Army Installation

  Balfour Beatty Communities, SolarCity Team Up to install Solar on 4,700
  Homes at America’s Largest Army Installation

  In $1bn SolarStrong Initiative’s Latest Project, Hiring Begins for Jobs to
    Give Fort Bliss, WSMR Clean Energy in Support of U.S. Army’s Net Zero

Business Wire

FORT BLISS, Texas -- November 13, 2012

Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC and SolarCity® have announced plans to provide
up to 4,700 military homes with solar energy systems at Balfour Beatty-managed
residential communities on Fort Bliss, Texas, and the adjacent White Sands
Missile Range (WSMR) in New Mexico. The 13.2 megawatt project is an equipment
lease arrangement, primarily financed by Bank of America Merrill Lynch, which
directly supports the U.S. Army’s vision for ‘Net Zero’ energy consumption at
all installations.

This project represents the next and largest phase of SolarStrong, SolarCity’s
five-year plan to build more than $1 billion in solar projects for up to
120,000 military homes throughout the United States. SolarCity expects to
initiate construction in January, and is initially seeking to fill more than
100 installation, electrical, and maintenance jobs connected to the project.
Those interested in applying should email

The Defense Department is currently the largest energy consumer in the United
States and has designated Fort Bliss a “Net Zero Installation”, meaning the
Army expects the installation to produce as much energy as it uses while
sending no waste to landfills and maximizing water reuse. Balfour Beatty
Communities is the Army’s only military housing partner on Net Zero
Installations at both Fort Bliss and Fort Carson (CO) and, with family housing
responsible for close to 20% of a typical installation’s energy, waste and
water footprint, it is important the company provides proactive support. The
projects will also help the military meet Department of Defense goals to have
25 percent of its energy requirements met by renewable energy by 2025.

"Fort Bliss continues to make advances in reducing its overall energy
footprint and demonstrating its leadership on the forefront of energy
efficiency,” said Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army
(Installations, Energy & Environment). “This public/private partnership is a
strategic and significant investment which will, over the life cycle of the
installed photo-voltaic system, save the government money while providing an
alternative and sustainable source of energy to the installation. I am
confident the Army will continue to lead the way on innovative business
partnerships like the one here at Fort Bliss."

"Thanks to the innovative collaboration between Fort Bliss and our housing
partner Balfour Beatty Communities, we are moving closer to achieving our goal
of reducing our carbon footprint and becoming completely self-sufficient in
energy as an installation by 2018,” said Major General Dana Pittard,
Commanding General of the 1^st Armored Division and Fort Bliss. “Once
complete, these solar arrays will resource the largest solar project in any
housing area in our Army. The solar project will pay for itself through the
installation's reduced utility bills."

Balfour Beatty Communities leveraged their organization’s deep, global
expertise as a third party investor in renewable energy projects to get this
project off the ground. Through an innovative financing model, the Army and
military families at Fort Bliss will benefit from a cleaner, more sustainable
energy solution without incurring any cost to develop, install or operate the
solar systems.

Balfour Beatty Communities is also using this project as a catalyst for energy
education for residents of all ages. Two homes at Fort Bliss have already been
outfitted with the solar systems and will be used to demonstrate how solar
energy is produced, how residents can use online tools to monitor solar
output, and how they can get more involved with renewable energy and
conservation behaviors.

SolarCity will engineer, install and maintain the solar systems at Fort Bliss
and WSMR which, at 1,700 and 3,200 square miles respectively, represent two of
the Army’s largest installations. Once fully deployed, the project will create
the nation’s largest solar-powered community, generating more than 21,120,000
kilowatt hours per year of clean, renewable energy from more than 50,000 solar
panels, while offsetting more than 25 percent of the electricity typically
used in each community. The electric utilities which serve this area, El Paso
Electric and Rio Grande Electric, provided invaluable support and input to
make these projects possible.

“As a strategic partner to the U.S. Army, Balfour Beatty Communities is
actively engaged in supporting their vision of installations that operate on a
Net Zero basis for energy, water and waste,” said Chris Williams, President of
Balfour Beatty Communities. “The solar project at Fort Bliss is a significant
step toward increasing the installation’s overall energy security while
delivering a clean, renewable energy source for our many residents.”

“The number of soldiers assigned to Fort Bliss is expected to exceed 30,000 by
the end of the year, and providing efficient solar electricity to installation
residents helps the Army facilitate its strategic growth in El Paso,” said
SolarCity Vice President of Solar Development Aaron Gillmore, who is also a
veteran U.S. Navy Officer. “In partnership with Balfour Beatty Communities
we’re helping to secure more of the installation’s electricity supply from a
domestic, renewable source.”

About Balfour Beatty Communities

Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC provides development, financing, renovation,
operation and management services as part of comprehensive military housing
privatization projects for the U.S. Departments of the Army, Navy and Air
Force. Setting the industry standard, the company is committed to sustainable
business practices and is a leader in the military housing Public-Private
Partnership (PPP or P3) industry, currently providing services to members of
the U.S. military and their families residing at 48 military communities in 24
states. Balfour Beatty Communities, LLC is part of Balfour Beatty plc, a
world-class infrastructure services business operating across the
infrastructure lifecycle from financing planning and design to construction,
maintenance and support.

About SolarCity

SolarCity® — a national leader in clean energy products and services —
provides homeowners, business and government organizations cleaner, more
affordable alternatives to their utility bills. The company makes it simple
for customers to lock in lower, long-term rates for clean energy by providing
everything from permitting and installation to ongoing monitoring and
maintenance. Additional information about the company is available on the Web


Balfour Beatty Communities
Maureen Omrod, 610-355-8136
William Craven, 650-963-5670
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