Accession Number : ADA616801


Title :   Environmental Assessment for the Solar Photovoltaic Array at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida


Descriptive Note : Final rept. 2011-2014


Corporate Author : LEIDOS SHALIMAR FLORIDA


Personal Author(s) : Boykin, Brad ; Brecken, Jeri ; Koralewski, Jason ; Stepp, Heather


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a616801.pdf


Report Date : 24 Jan 2014


Pagination or Media Count : 100


Abstract : This Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzes potential environmental impacts of constructing and operating a solar photovoltaic (PV) array on Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), Florida. The Eglin military complex is a U.S. Air Force-controlled, multiservice Department of Defense (DoD) Major Range and Test Facility Base and training area. Its primary function is to support research and development of conventional weapons and electronic systems, as well as individual and joint training of operational units. Eglin AFB is located in the Florida Panhandle in portions of Okaloosa, Santa Rosa, Walton, and Gulf Counties (Figure 1-1). The base is a national asset of the Air Force Materiel Command headquartered at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, and the Air Force Test Center headquartered at Edwards AFB, California. As the host wing for Eglin AFB, the 96th Test Wing (96 TW) is the test and evaluation center for air-delivered weapons, navigation and guidance systems, Command and Control systems, and Air Force Special Operations Command systems. The 96 TW performs development test and evaluation across the complete system life cycle for a wide variety of customers, including Air Force Systems Program Offices, Air Force Research Laboratory, logistics and product centers, Major Commands, other DoD services and U.S. government agencies, foreign military sales, and private industry. The 96 TW commander serves as the installation commander. In addition, the 96 TW supports Eglin with traditional military services, civil engineering, personnel, logistics, communications, computer, medical, security, and all other host services and base operating support functions (U.S. Air Force, 2012). Eglin AFB comprises 724 square miles of reservation land with 36 specific test areas and approximately 125,000 square miles of charted airspace referred to as the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range (EGTTR), which extends south to the Florida Keys.


Descriptors :   *AIR FORCE FACILITIES , *ARRAYS , *ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT , AIR QUALITY , CULTURAL RESOURCES , ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT , LAND USE , SOILS , WATER RESOURCES


Subject Categories : Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Environmental Health and Safety


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE