Camp Pendleton Solar Push Adding Another 346 kW

It wasn’t enough that Camp Pendleton–the Marine Corps base about 40 miles north of the city of San Diego–installed a 1.4-megawatt, ground-mounted solar power system last year, or that it has photovoltaic systems at each of its new bachelor enlisted quarters (BEQ) supplying 215 kilowatts (kW) of power, cutting the complex’s demand for grid-tied power by 6.5 percent. Noooo, that wasn’t good enough–now Pendleton plans to install a 346-kW solar power system on two of the base’s dining facilities.

Enlisted for this endeavor is Sullivan Solar Power, a locally based company, which also handled the installation at the BEQ. The solar panels used in the installation come courtesy of Sharp’s American-based manufacturing arm, further sharing the wealth and supporting the national economy. At annual peak production, the panels are expected to produce enough energy to power over 23,000 homes for 24 hours.

Camp Pendleton BEQ

image via Joseph Wong Design Associates

The renewable energy system was developed by the Hensel Phelps Soltek Joint Venture team, the general contractor for the new BEQ. “The savings from this project will be extremely beneficial, both environmentally and monetarily,” said Daniel Sullivan, founder and President of Sullivan Solar Power, in a statement. “This solar installation displays the military’s commitment to declaring energy independence.”

The installed renewable energy system on the base’s dining facilities is projected to avoid around 392,160 pounds of carbon emissions each year and save the based tens of thousands of dollars in electricity bills within its first year of operation. Along with the base’s other green innovations, this installation also serves to push the Navy closer to its admirable goal of sourcing 50 percent of its energy from non-fossil fuel sources by 2020.

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.