Navy Taps Pacific Energy for Multiple Solar Projects in Hawaii

The Navy awarded a contract to Boca Raton, Fla.-based Pacific Energy Solutions LLC to provide an estimated 17 megawatts of electricity using solar energy at Navy and Marine Corps bases on Oahu, Hawaii, Secretary Ray Mabus announced Friday.

Pacific Energy Solutions will design, construct, own, operate and maintain the solar photovoltaic (PV) systems under power purchase agreements valued at up to $500 million, the firm said. Sites under this task order include:

  • three rooftops and one ground mount location on Waipio Peninsula at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam;
  • six rooftops and two elevated PV structures at Marine Corps Base Hawaii; and
  • one rooftop and one elevated PV structure at Camp Smith, Aiea.

“This project signals the Navy’s largest photovoltaic array in the Pacific, and a significant step toward achieving our renewable energy goals,” Rear Adm. Bret Muilenburg, commander of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific, said in a press release. “Renewable energy initiatives are paramount to enabling the Navy and Marine Corps to improve energy security and efficiency ashore, and operational reach afloat.”

The PV systems will deliver power for a term of 25 years; construction is expected to take 12 months.

“In the first year alone we expect that these systems will save the taxpayers $1.6 million,” Mabus said. “That’s the equivalent of the electricity that can be generated from 54,000 barrels of oil here in Hawaii. It’s the amount of electricity needed to power more than 5,000 average homes here.”

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