Lockheed Martin celebrates startup of solar project at Florida facility

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) joined Florida Gov. Rick Scott, Duke Energy President of Florida Utility Operations Alex Glenn and various local officials to celebrate the powering up of its 151,400 square foot solar array covering the parking lot at its facility near Clearwater, Florida.

The company said Oct. 20 that this project represents Florida’s largest private solar array. Lockheed Martin and lead contractor Advanced Green Technologies broke ground on the project in March. Since then, 7,260 solar modules manufactured by Hanwha SolarOne Co. and inverters by SunGrow were networked to create the 2.25-MW solar carport. AGT designed and led construction for the project, which was completed and tested by September of this year.

“This plant is indicative of Lockheed Martin’s drive to be energy efficient and a responsible corporate citizen,” said Leo Mackay, Lockheed Martin vice president of Sustainability. “It is a building block in our larger effort to align our company with the demands of this century: global security; advanced infrastructure; and renewable energy.”

The solar project will generate 3.33 million kilowatt hours per year resulting in $6.5 million in savings over 25 years. The Lockheed Martin location near Clearwater employs approximately 500 employees and 100 contractors providing engineering, software development and other services for company programs. Lockheed Martin is the largest industrial employer in Florida with approximately 12,000 employees in the state. Lockheed Martin said it is currently considering other Florida sites to construct an additional solar carport.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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