NASA proposes solar power project at Wallops Flight Facility in Va

NASA is proposing to install solar panels at its Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore.

The agency says it is proposing up to 80 acres of solar panels that would be capable of generating 10 gigawatt-hours per year of electricity.

The project would generate renewable electricity to help NASA meet or exceed requirements of the 2005 Federal Energy Policy Act and other executive orders. The project also would be expected to stabilize Wallops' growing utility costs and provide educational outreach regarding renewable energy technologies.

In addition, two 2.4 kilowatt residential-scale wind turbines would be installed around the facility.

NASA says the project in total would generate enough electricity in a year to power 850 average American homes.

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