Solar panels will be installed on a number of military bases in Hawaii, according to the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific. Following a request for proposals (RFP) process, NAVFAC awarded a contract worth up to $500 million to three companies for the solar installations. They include Island Pacific Energy LLC, Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, and Photon Finance LLC.
Don Rochon, NAVFAC director of public affairs, commented:
“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,” he said. “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.”
The solar panels themselves will not be owned by the Navy. The project developer will install, maintain and own the panels, selling inexpensive solar electricity to the military bases under a 30-year solar power purchase agreement.
The solar panel projects have not commenced as of the date of this publication. The parties must finalize contracts, and the solar developers need to enter an interconnection agreement with the utility. Predictions are that the solar panels to be installed on military bases in Hawaii will be underway within 12 months and the projects themselves will be operational by August 2016.
The following military bases in Hawaii will be developed with solar arrays: 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, the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kauai and the Army Reserve Center on Maui.