Hawaii companies win huge contract for solar energy

PEARL HARBOR (HawaiiNewsNow) – The U.S. Navy on Friday awarded Honolulu companies; Island Pacific Energy and Pacific Energy Solutions part of a $500 million contract to supply solar energy to Hawaii military installations.

"The Solar MAC initiative will help meet the energy security goals of our President, Secretary of Defense and Secretary of the Navy," said Rear Adm. Dixon R. Smith, commander, Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. "As good stewards of the environment -- and good neighbors here in Hawaii -- our Navy will be contributing even more towards statewide sustainment and energy conservation goals that benefit everyone, military and civilian."

A California company, Photon Finance of Mountain View also won part of the contract, the Navy says work will be performed at 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.

The work will include installation of Solar Power Generation Systems (SPGS) on roofs, parking shade structures and vacant parcels of land.

The Navy says the SPGS will be financed, constructed, owned, operated, maintained, and repaired by the three companies who won the contract.

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