SunDurance Energy has signed a power purchase agreement (PPA) with the U.S. Marines Corps at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Barstow, Calif. The procurement and management of the project is being overseen by the Navy Facilities Command, Southwest Region.
The project will comprise 4,454 photovoltaic solar panels on two sites on the base and is expected to generate 2.7 GWh of electricity in its first year of operation. Under the PPA, SunDurance Energy will own the project and sell the power that is generated to the Marines.
The project will supply about 25% of the base's electricity requirements and is expected to provide the Marine Corps with $3.9 million in energy savings over the 20-year term of the PPA.
"This solar project is an important step toward our [Marine] Base goal of net zero power from the grid," says Col. Dan Ermer, commander of the Marine Corps Logistics Base." It is vital for our country's military installations to be insulated from external power disruptions and to demonstrate leadership as stewards of our natural resources.’