Va. National Guard going solar at Fort Pickett

BLACKSTONE, Va. (AP) — The Virginia National Guard is going solar.

The guard has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday for a $2.2 million solar array at Fort Pickett. It will provide power and what the guard calls energy security for the 183rd Regiment’s Regional Training Institute.

The 10,000- square-yard solar field will provide the training institute with nearly 80 percent of its daytime energy needs. The solar array consists of nearly 2,000 individual panels, producing 712,000 kilowatt hours per year.

The guard says the project has a guaranteed return of investment topping $2.6 million over 25 years.

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