Pantex, the nation’s primary facility for the assembly, disassembly and maintenance of nuclear weapons, will now be powered largely by the Pantex Renewable Energy Project (PREP). The 11.5 MW, five-turbine PREP wind farm has been under construction since August on 1,500 acres of Department of Energy-owned land adjacent to the plant.
The NNSA says construction of the wind farm was recently completed under a unique finance model, known as an “energy savings performance contract,” which allowed Siemens to build PREP with no up-front cost to the taxpayers. Siemens will be paid directly from the value of guaranteed energy savings generated by the turbines, an amount expected to average $2.8 million annually. Read article