Roof-top System to Reduce Site’s Electric Bills;
Help Meet Rigorous DON Alternative Energy Targets
Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, today announced its panels are being used to power the newest— and largest— solar array installed by FLS Energy at the Marine Helicopter Squadron 1’s greenside hangar at Quantico, home to the president’s Marine One helicopter.
The 120-kilowatt system features 500 of Suniva’s ART-245 panels and is expected to produce approximately 150,000 kWh of electricity per year—enough to reduce the site’s electric bills by as much as $10,500 annually and help the base to meet rigorous energy mandates set by the secretary of the Navy (50 percent of energy used to meet the Department of the Navy’s demand must come from alternative energy sources by 2020).
“We’re very proud that Suniva’s cells and modules, created here in the USA, are being used to help the US Navy meet its ambitious renewable energy targets,” said Bryan Ashley, chief marketing officer for Suniva.
“This installation at the Marine Corps Air Field will produce clean, renewable energy that is secure at the base and independent of external sources.”
“FLS Energy is committed to using highly efficient, American-sourced solar modules on our projects. Suniva fits the bill to a ‘T’,” said Michael Shore, CEO of FLS Energy.
The solar photovoltaic system on the hangar is expected to provide two credits toward the LEED certification required under guidelines that all DON MILCON projects meet LEED standards. The building’s energy efficient lighting and HVAC system, low flow fixtures and other energy efficient technologies are expected to provide the rest of the credits required to achieve LEED Silver Certification.
Suniva’s high-efficiency modules contain more than 80 percent U.S. content and are fully “Buy America” compliant. For more information, please visit www.suniva.com
Suniva® is an American manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic (PV) solar cells and high-power solar modules. The company uses patented, low-cost manufacturing techniques and industry-leading technology to produce its high-quality products and maintain competitive costs. Headquartered in metro-Atlanta, GA, Suniva sells its advanced PV cells and modules globally. For additional information on how Suniva is making solar sensible, visit www.suniva.com.