The solar arrays support the Department of Defense’s mandate of procuring 25 percent of its total facility energy from renewable sources by 2025 (2010 NDAA).
The 63rd Regional Support Command (63rd RSC), headquartered in Mountain View, CA, contracted with Federal Prison Industries (FPI) to act as the Contracting Agency on their behalf. The primary goal of the project, to provide renewable energy, had second order benefits as well. Carports provide shaded parking for 66 vehicles as well as the option to train or stage soldiers outdoors in these two desert locations.
FPI, a U.S. government corporation, was the contracting agency and provided the system modules. Inmates from the federal prison system manufactured the solar modules, which are incorporated into federal solar arrays. FPI, also known as Unicor, helps offenders acquire the skills necessary to successfully make the transition to being to law-abiding, contributing members of society.