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DoD Announces Award Of $775,000 Grant
October 9, 2020

The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) has announced the award of a $775,000 grant to a team of researchers, led by Old Dominion University (ODU) in partnership with the College of William & Mary and James Madison University, to support the siting of wind energy projects across the Commonwealth.

Led by principal investigator Tom Allen, a professor of geography at ODU, and coordinated by Jerry Cronin of ODU’s OpenSeas Technology Innovation Hub, the grant from OEA’s Military Installation Sustainability program will fund work to develop a statewide mapping tool for military, industry, and community stakeholders to determine where renewable energy projects are viable and identify potential impacts on military missions, training, and operations early in the planning process. While renewable energy has many benefits for both defense and civilian communities, its development can adversely affect military installations by interfering with communication, airspace, radar systems, and test and training activities.

“Military training and developing alternative energy sources are both critical to Virginia’s economy,” remarked Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs Carlos Hopkins. “This grant will support the development of a web-based model to avoid mission conflicts and facilitate continued collaboration between developers, communities, and the military as technology and energy requirements evolve.”

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