U.S. Marines Install 1.4 MW Solar Array
The United States Marine Corps has completed the construction of its largest solar power installation. The 1.4 MW solar array, which should produce approximately 2,400 MW hours per year, was built on top of a landfill outside of San Diego to power Base Camp Pendleton. The installation contains 225 solar panels manufactured by Kyocera Solar. Installation was performed by Synergy Electric Company and the site was designed by AECOM.
The project cost $9.4 million, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and is expected to save $336,000 annually. This project was in response to the 2005 mandate by the Department of the Navy that 25% of the energy used by a base must come from renewable energy sources by the year 2025.