US Marines are Walking on Sunshine With New Solar Facilities

Time and time again, it has been said that the various branches of the United States armed forces are ahead of the game when it comes to adopting green technology. All of the branches are working towards a similar goal, but some branches have been focusing on developing a viable alternative fuel methods for their transportation needs while others have continued to focus on generating green power in a bid to lessen their reliance on oil. The United States Marine Corps, in particular, recently celebrated the completion of a fairly significant solar power facility in one of their bases as a part of their own plan to increase their green profile.

On Monday, the announcement that the facility had been completed came via Kyocera Solar, Inc., a Japanese based company with divisions around the world, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAFVAC). The facility, which is located North of San Diego in Camp Pendleton, is a 1.4 megawatt photovoltaic solar electric system that is intended to power various base facilities and systems while allowing Marines in the area to move closer to their goal of increasing the sustainability of their operations. According to the announcement, the facility is capable of producing enough electricity to power 400 average homes and will save the Marine Corps approximately $336,000 a year in electricity costs.

Although the solar energy facility in Camp Pendleton is expected to greatly increase the Marine Corps solar energy capacity, it is not their first foray into renewable energy technology. At the beginning of this year, the Marine Corps released information about the Experimental Forward Operating Base that has been established in Afghanistan by the Marine Corps to support the operations of Marines of India Company who are serving as a part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Using a variety of renewable and solar energy sources, it is the goal of the Marine Corps to determine the best way to integrate green technology both at home and on the front lines. With facilities like those at Camp Pendleton and in Afghanistan, the Marine Corps expects to go far in finding new ways to kick oil to the curb and achieve that goal.

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