Pearl Harbor solar energy project installed

The U.S. Navy base at Pearl Harbor, now known as Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, plays host to a $15 million, 2.4 MW rooftop solar project using SolarWorld panels.

The project was funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and was engineered, procured and installed by DRI Energy under a contract with Niking Corp.

The five buildings in the project are:

  • A 1927-built bachelor enlisted quarters, a three-floor structure featuring two wings that enclose a recreational field on three sides. This system totals about 250 kW.
  • A 1940-era three-floor headquarters building for two major commands at Pearl Harbor. System: 109 kW.
  • A Navy Exchange shopping center for military and family members that is similar to a general-merchandise big-box retail store. System: 852 kW.
  • An adjacent Navy Commissary building, much like a giant food supermarket. System: 813 kW.
  • A large distribution facility and furniture retail outlet associated with the exchange shopping center. System: 378 kW.

Installation of the solar panels is complete, but final configuration of associated electrical systems as well as the systems’ commissioning are not expected until fall 2011.

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