$500 Million for Solar in Hawaii

A contract worth up to $500 million has been awarded by the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific (NAVFAC). Three companies will begin working on solar installations on military sites in Hawaii. “NAVFAC Pacific furnished, as part of the solicitation package, the square footage of roof tops, carports, and ground-mount sites located on military installations in Hawaii. Companies then proposed solar systems that they will build, own and operate on these sites. The amount of electric power produced by these systems will depend on the selected company’s design,” said Don Rochon, a NAVFAC public affairs official.

The three companies designing, installing and operating the solar installations will also own them and the Navy will purchase their electrical power. Solar arrays will be constructed by August 2016 at the following facilities:

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
Marine Corps Base Hawaii
Schofield Barracks
Wheeler Army Airfield
Tripler Army Medical Center
Fort DeRussy
Asia Pacific Center for Strategic Studies
Naval Computer and Telecommunications Area Master Station
Naval Magazine West Loch
Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai
Army Reserve Center on Maui Island

Pacific Energy LLC, Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, and Photon Finance LLC, are the local companies that received the contract.

Prior to this huge solar project, one of the largest solar military efforts had been at Pearl Harbor, where a 2.4 megawatt solar array was constructed. Hawaii has abundant sunshine, so it is a great place for solar power…the light’s intensity at Pearl Harbor was blinding, oppressive. More than at any other solar project I have seen, I had a visceral sense of confronting a technology that was directly harvesting a mother lode of energy,” said a solar power company official.  (Source: PearlHarborohau.com) Hawaii could generate forty percent of its electricity with solar by 2030.

There may be well over 40,000 U.S. military personnel in Hawaii.  The islands receive billions of dollars from the federal government each year.

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24 comments

Terry V.
Terry V.3 years ago

thanks

Kishore Amma
Kishore Amma4 years ago

Thanks for the article

KS Goh
KS Goh4 years ago

Thanks for the article.

James H.
James Hager5 years ago

nice!

Kirsten Spencer
Kirsten Spencer5 years ago

Wow! Great article!

Abbe A.
Azaima A.5 years ago

Nice that the military's going green at last

NO NO NEWS AM Rumbak
ANA MARIJA R.5 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Marie W.
Marie W.5 years ago

Since the military is responsible for most of the environmental destruction of Hawaii, this remains to be seen.

April W.
A Weber5 years ago

Wonderful idea for this fabulous place!

Rosie Lopez
Rosie Lopez5 years ago

i hope other states will follow!