The Navy and the California Energy Commission (CEC) partnered to expand the amount of renewable energy the Navy and Marines have in the state. While details of some of the projects are not yet revealed, they include at least three solar projects, including the development what CEC called the largest solar PV facility on Department of Defense land, which could be as large as 390 megawatts.
"California and the Navy are taking action to boost energy efficiency and curb our dependence on fossil fuels,” said California Governor Edmund Brown Jr. “This agreement will help expand renewable energy at military bases and secure water supplies in the face of drought.”
Already the two have partnered on projects including a waterless cleaning process for Kevlar vests, flame resistant garments and other ballistic gear at Naval Base Ventura County, Port Hueneme and the installation of a solar microgrid system with battery storage at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, according to CEC. The latter will ensure the base can operate even if the electric grid fails. Navy housing provider Lincoln Military Housing also has partnered to install solar on 6,000 residences for the Navy and Marines in California.
The Commission’s Chair, Robert Weisenmiller and Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations and Environment Dennis McGinn, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to formalize their partnership. The agreement, according to CEC, ensures that they will continue to collaborate and share information on energy projects and initiatives.
"One of the three pillars critical to the Navy and Marine Corp's energy transformation is partnerships, like the strong and enduring one we have with the State of California," McGinn stated. "Working together, we are using sustainable energy to increase the resiliency, energy and water security of our installations throughout California, while aiding the state's leadership in achieving its energy and environmental goals, for the benefit of all Californians."
At the signing, McGinn said that the Navy’s Renewable Energy Program Office (REPO) has signed agreements to develop three new solar projects in California. They include the aforementioned solar project at Naval Air Station Lemoore and two projects with solar and energy storage. In May 2015 the Navy issued a request for proposals for a project at the Lemore base for up to 390 megawatts of solar power. That could provide roughly 40 percent of the base’s electric needs. The Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach will install solar power and a large-scale battery system and Naval Base Ventura County will install solar power and “cutting-edge battery technology” that will be capable of supplying energy to critical loads indefinitely.
In addition to the solar projects, McGinn also stated that the Navy and Marine Corps will lease 205 electric vehicles at its locations in California.Tweet