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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Camp Pendleton to Add New Solar Project

  • August 9, 2011
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Work on a second solar system at Camp Pendleton, Calif., is scheduled to be completed in one year, the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) said this week.

The agency awarded an $8.5 million contract to construct a solar photovoltaic system on top of an old landfill where another solar system is being used. Each of the array’s 5,136 solar modules will be rated at 280 watts. The modules’ direct power will be converted to utility grade distribution power by using five 260-kilowatt, high-efficiency power converters. The project will have the capacity to produce about 2.1 million kilowatt hours annually, enough electricity to power about 315 California homes during sun peak hours.

“The project helps to meet the Marine Corps’ mandatory renewable energy goals, energy security goals and carbon footprint reduction goals by producing green power on-site on a piece of real estate that otherwise can’t be beneficially occupied,” said Jorge Perez, a construction manager for NAVFAC Southwest.

The new utility-scale solar photovoltaic system will provide multiple opportunities for NAVFAC to expand its expertise, Perez said. The project will allow the agency to study the impact of the solar system on the utility power distribution grid, work at an environmentally sensitive site, learn about effective methods to construct solar facilities and use more efficient solar technologies.

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