The U.S. Air Force Academy is starting a conversion to solar power. Construction of a new $18 million solar array has begun.
When the project is complete, several thousand metal posts will be put up in land along Interstate 25, north of the N. Academy off-ramp.
Solar panels will cover each of those posts and will convert sun light into electricity.
The project is a joint effort between the city of Colorado Springs and the AFA, which was announced in July 2009.
The solar panels will cover at least 30 acres of AFA land, with the possibility of expanding to 80 acres. The plan is for Colorado Springs Utilities to help the AFA become more energy independent.
The huge solar array is expected to produce about 14 percent of the academy's energy supply. Within a few years, the AFA is hoping to supply all of its own electricity.
The project is being paid for using federal stimulus money.