California Marine Corps Base Installs PV Station

December 03, 2003

Photo of PV arrays in the desert.

The Marine Corps operates this (older) PV installation in the Mohave Desert at Twentynine Palms, California
Credit: Dave Menicucci, Sandia National Laboratories

Southern California Gas Company presented a $4.5 million incentive award on November 20 to the U.S. Marine Corps training and command base at Twentynine Palms, California. The money will pay for installing one of the largest photovoltaic (PV) systems in the United States (rated at 1.1 MW). The Marine Corps' new PV system generates about 10% of the base's electric needs.

The award is funded by the Self-Generation Incentive Program, launched in 2001 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in response to California's electricity crisis. The program encourages qualifying businesses in California to generate their own electricity on site, thereby increasing the state's supply of electricity.

Richard M. Morrow, vice president of customer service for major markets at the Southern California Gas Company, said at the ceremony in Los Angeles, "To date, we have provided awards to more than 43 customers for installations that generate a total of 10.2 MW, which is enough electricity to power more than 10,000 homes." The gas company administers the CPUC incentive program for businesses in its territory. Morrow said most of this generation comes from combined heat and power (cogeneration) systems using high-efficiency gas engines and microturbines." For details, see the gas company's November 20 press release.

Source: November 26 issue of EERE Network News.