Navy Goes Green In Hawaii – But Is It Worth It?

Navy Goes Green In Hawaii – But Is It Worth It?

On 7/25/2014, the following was announced by the United States NAVY:

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Pacific awarded a contract to Pacific Energy Solutions LLC, for the procurement of electricity produced from renewable energy generation systems.

 

Pacific Energy Solutions, based out of Boca Raton, Florida, will design, construct, own, operate and maintain various solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation systems that will provide renewable electricity to Navy and Marine Corps bases on Oahu, Hawaii. The total amount of power generated is anticipated to be about 17 megawatts of alternating current that will be shared between the Navy and Marine Corps.

 

“This is a large project with 10 roof top photovoltaic systems and four ground-based or elevated systems, built on three different bases,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. “In the first year alone we expect that these systems will save the taxpayers $1.6 million. That’s the equivalent of the electricity that can be generated from 54,000 barrels of oil here in Hawaii. It’s the amount of electricity needed to power more than 5,000 average homes here. And that’s just in the first year. This program will be generating those savings for decades. The work we are doing here will serve as a model for other projects around the world.”

The big question, is how did they calculate the “savings” of $1.6 million per year for the American taxpayer?  $334,135,534 spent to save $1,600,000 a year, for a system that will only last 25 years?  That’s a grand total savings of $40 million.  $334,135,534 to save $40,000,000?  Something doesn’t add up.

I quickly filed a FOIA request for all records pertaining to the determination of how this array would save money, the research that was done to see if it would be effective, etc.

 Records released under the FOIA from NAVFAC PAC, September 20, 2014 [ 5 Pages, 0.9MB ]

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