US military to test Cogenra’s hybrid solar

Cogenra Solar, a provider of distributed solar cogeneration systems based in Northern California, has won a $2 million contract to deploy a 242 kW rooftop array at Port Hueneme Naval Base in Ventura County and a 121 kW array at the Army Parks Reserve Forces Training Area in Dublin—both in California.

Cogenra’s hybrid solar modules, which provide both hot water and electricity, will be tested at the two military sites in the US and will also be considered for forward operating bases in war zones such as Afghanistan.

The contracts were awarded to Cogenra through the U.S. Department of Defense’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP) as part of its Installation Energy Test Bed initiative for 2012.

“The idea is that they take a technology that is commercial but not yet proven in a Department of Defense environment and support it through the program,” Cogenra CEO Dr Gilad Almogy. “The whole idea is to lead to much more broad adoption in the Department of Defense environments,” he added.

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