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Marine Corps installs solar system at combat centre in California

The US Marine Corps has installed a 213 kW (dc) solar electric (photovoltaic) carport / shade structure at its Air Ground Combat Centre in 29 Palms, Calif. (US).
Marine Corps installs solar system at combat centre in California

The large-scale system was built and powered up by Independent Energy Solutions Inc., a solar energy development and construction firm based in Vista, Calif.

Designed and built by IES for the US Navy and GKK Works, the system is capable of generating about 312,000 kilowatt-hours of clean, green electricity annually while providing shade and cover for parked cars.

"This project was uniquely challenging due to the advanced logistics and coordination required for construction at an active Air Ground Combat Centre,” said IES Vice President of Business Development George Gisel.

“IES was chosen by GKK Works in large part because of our extensive military project experience and ability to deliver systems on-time and on-budget," Gisel said.

The project consists of 868 Solarworld solar modules, two PV Powered inverters and an integrated mounting system for an existing carport structure. It produces the equivalent electricity to power 28 average single-family homes and will offset about 405,000 pounds of greenhouse gases annually – the environmental equivalent of taking 52 cars off the road.

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