SunEdison and Macquarie Infrastructure, a subsidiary of MIC Solar Energy Holdings, have completed a 16.4MW photovoltaic (PV) solar power plant, situated outside Tucson, Arizona on Davis-Monthan Air Force Base (AFB), in US.

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The facility, which is situated on underutilised land totaling 170 acres, is designed to provide 35% of the base’s electricity requirements and to generate electricity each year to power around 5,173 houses.

MIC Solar has took ownership of the project, while SunEdison, through a contract with MIC Solar, provides global 24/7 asset management, monitoring and reporting services, and manages plant operations.

The plant is expected to reduce the utility costs of Air Force by $500,000 annually for the next 25 years.

SunEdison North America president Bob Powell said the Air Force like other branches of the armed forces is a perfect candidate for the company because they have high electricity demands and often have large plots of underutilised land.

"We can help them use that land to generate significant cost savings that can be reinvested into our country," Powell added.

Image: SunEdison Interconnects 16.4MW solar power plant for Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. Photo: Couretsy of PRNewsFoto/SunEdison.