The federal government on Wednesday tapped San Mateo's SolarCity for the largest residential solar project in history, a $1 billion effort to install panels at 124 U.S. military bases during the next five years.
SolarCity will place solar systems on as many as 160,000 military housing buildings, base warehouses and administrative buildings. The first installations, at Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii, are already under way.
"The scale of this is absolutely massive," said Lyndon Rive, SolarCity's chief executive officer. "It's equal to all the solar the country's installed in the last 30 years."