Navy Taps Three Firms to Supply Solar Energy in Hawaii
In the latest example of DOD’s push to increase energy consumption from renewable energy sources, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) last month awarded a contract worth up to $500 million to three companies to provide solar power for multiple military services throughout Hawaii.
The installations covered — Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Schofield Barracks, Wheeler Army Airfield, Tripler Army Medical Center, Fort DeRussy and other smaller facilities — will purchase solar alternating current only, and will not construct, own or maintain any infrastructure. The new energy facilities will be financed, constructed, owned, operated and maintained by the three winners — Island Pacific Energy LLC, Pacific Energy Solutions LLC and Photon Finance LLC.
The solar power generation systems will be placed on roofs, parking shade structures and vacant parcels of land. The contract runs through August 2016.
“The secretary of the Navy has directed that 50 percent of total energy consumption will come from alternative sources by 2020, and this solar energy contract will help us achieve that goal,” NAVFAC Pacific Vice Commander Capt. Paul Fuligni said in a written statement.