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US Navy Awards $3.8 Mil Solar Contracts For Bases in Italy and Greece

Continuing a commitment to lower its fossil fuel footprint, the U.S. Navy has awarded two renewable energy contracts to construct large solar photovoltaic (PV) systems at Naval Support Activities bases in Naples, Italy and Souda Bay, Greece.

Solar Power Critical To National Security

The Navy has been actively involved in a variety of projects at home, abroad and at sea to reduce the use of fossil fuels. The military considers the measures to go green a critical element of its national security strategy. The goal is to reduce dependence on foreign oil and diminish funds are funneled to terrorists and nations that have or hope to attack the United States.

The new systems will supplant existing fossil-fuel energy sources at both facilities when completed.

A $1.6-million contract to construct a solar PV system at NSA Souda Bay was awarded to Greek contractor Michael M. Tsontos, S.A. Sept. 8. Upon completion, the project will provide seven free-standing solar car ports with an overall capacity of 200 kilowatt, producing approximately 275 megawatt-hours per year - converting enough of the sun's power to run an average of 27 U.S. homes

The second system will be installed at NSA Naples, where one parking garage and several other buildings will be covered with 300kW solar PV panels that will generate about 390 MWh per year - enough power to run an average of 39 U.S. homes for a year. This contract, worth approximately $2.2 million, was awarded to Italian firm Lotos S.r.l. Sept. 24.

"We're excited about these projects. They represent a giant leap ... into the clean, green, sustainable, renewable world," said Bryan Long, regional energy program manager.

"Alternative energy sources are the way of the future and it's a good feeling to be involved in advancing technologies that will benefit our environment and save tax dollars. Renewable energy, coupled with energy conservation projects, is just the beginning of a trend in how we will produce and consume energy in the future."

The Naval Facilities Engineering Command executes over $650 million a year in construction, professional engineering and facilities services for the U.S. Navy, U.S. Department of Defense and NATO commands in Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia where the Navy is the Defense Department's lead agent for Military Construction.

Source: Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia



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