United States Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton recently commemorated the new 1.4MW solar system that was installed on the base courtesy of a partnership between Kyocera Solar and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest. The ground-mounted installation features 6,300 KD235 Kyocera solar modules and is said to be the largest PV system on a U.S. Marine Corps base and one of the largest in San Diego County.
Known as the Box Canyon PV system, the solar installation stands on the Box Canyon landfill. Kyocera and the NAVFAC worked with engineering firm AECOM, who led the geotechnical, civil and PV system design, and Synergy Electric, who installed the 225 panel system. The solar project is anticipated to produce 2,400MWh of solar electricity annually.
“The Box Canyon PV project is a very exciting venture that is making use of a previously unusable piece of real estate, and providing a renewable energy source to help Camp Pendleton meet its on-site renewable energy generation goals,” said Bernadette Rose, NAVFAC Southwest ROICC construction manager at Camp Pendleton.