The US Navy revealed that it had chosen Photon Finance, Island Pacific Energy and Pacific Energy Solutions as the recipients of a US$500 million multiple award contract for the development of solar power systems at 11 naval facilities in Hawaii. The Navy noted that it had received 13 bids in response to its Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific request for proposal.
According to the award contract, the three companies will compete to receive task orders for the design, construction, ownership, operation and maintenance of the solar power systems on the Navy facility rooftops, parking structures and vacant land parcels. The solar projects are anticipated to be doled out within the next 12 months and completed by August 2016.
Navy sites that will have solar arrays developed on them include the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickman, Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Schofield Barracks and Wheeler Army Airfield. Under a 20-year PPA, the US Navy will buy the solar electricity generated by each of the solar facilities.