Fresno air base goes solar

FRESNO — The new solar panels on rooftops at the California Air National Guard base are a first for any air guard base nationwide, but they won't be the last.

Military and solar company representatives expect to see more solar projects on air guard bases -- and all types of military bases -- across the country.

A solar company recently finished installing 3,819 solar panels at the Fresno air guard base, home to the 144th Fighter Wing. The 660-kilowatt system was built on three newly constructed carports and a rooftop at the McKinley Avenue base.

The system provides about one-third of the base's power, saving about $100,000 a year, officials said.

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