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November 26, 2003

Marine Corps Base Installs Large Solar Power System

One of the largest solar power systems in the country is now online at a U.S. Marine Corps base in Twentynine Palms, California. The Marine Corp base installed a 1.1-megawatt photovoltaic system, which will provide about 10 percent of the base's electrical needs. The project earned a $4.5 million incentive award from the state's Self Generation Incentive Program. Southern California Gas Company presented the award to the base last week. See the November 20th press release by selecting "Press Releases" on the Southern California Gas Company Web site.

A 1.05-megawatt solar power system is also under construction at California State University, Hayward. PowerLight Corporation is installing the system on four of the university's largest buildings. When complete in December, the system will be able to provide about 30 percent of the peak electrical demand on the campus. See the press release under "Top Stories" on the Cal State Hayward Web site.

Other recent solar power installations in California include a 191-kilowatt system -- combined with a 360-kilowatt cogeneration system comprising six microturbines -- at Pierce College in Los Angeles, a 245-kilowatt thin-film system at Shell Solar Industries' manufacturing building in Camarillo, a 120-kilowatt water-pumping system installed by WorldWater Corporation at a Bakersfield facility operated by Lehr Brothers Inc., a 120-kilowatt system installed by Nextek Power Systems on a Target retail store in El Cajon, and a 59-kilowatt system installed at the University of California, Berkeley. See the press releases from Pierce College, Shell Solar, WorldWater Corporation, Nextek Power Systems, and UC Berkeley.