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Monday, November 21, 2011

Kingsville Cuts Ribbon on Solar Array Field

By Jon Gagne, Naval Air Station Kingsville Public Affairs

KINGSVILLE, Texas (NNS) -- Naval Air Station (NAS) Kingsville, Texas, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony Nov. 15, for a new Solar Array Plant constructed on the south end of the air station.

The $3.1 million is a 550kW DC ground-mount photovoltaic power generation system. The estimated energy production from this is 693,000 kWh per year and is expected to result in approximately $55,400 in annual energy savings board the base.

"The photovoltaic arrays are expected to offset the base's consumption of purchased energy by 2.5 percent and is part of the Navy's push to provide 50 percent of its energy from nonfossil-fuel sources by 2020," said Cmdr. Troy Hamilton, a public works officer aboard NAS Kingsville.

The contract for the project was awarded to Chevron Energy Solutions in September 2010, and the ground-breaking ceremony was conducted March 8, 2011.

Other energy-related changes at the base include installation of 121 smart meters that allow precise monitoring of electricity, gas and water use; upgrading hangar lights to save $85,000 a year; and installation of solar panels on roofs.

"The base continues to look for ways to save energy and the photovoltaic arrays are the first step in meeting our renewable energy requirements," Hamilton added.

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