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New Photovoltaic Systems to be Constructed with ARRA Funds at PMRF Kauai, Hawaii

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Story Number: NNS091214-05
Release Date: 12/14/2009 3:33:00 PM

By James Johnson, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii awarded an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funded $6.7 million task order Dec. 10 to install photovoltaic systems at Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF), Kauai.

The PV systems will be installed on 10 buildings and are expected to have a 20-year life cycle. The systems will be connected to the installation's power grid and will produce 800 kilowatts of continuous power during peak daylight hours, and an aggregate energy output of 1.0 gigawatt hours in its first year.

"This is an exciting initiative that will benefit the Navy at PMRF Kauai in several ways," said Greg Gebhardt, Navy Region Hawaii/NAVFAC Hawaii energy program manger. "These photovoltaic systems are a big step towards meeting Navy, federal, state and local greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. They will also make the Navy more energy independent and enhance readiness."

The task order awarded to Su-Mo Builders Inc./Nan Inc. JV, a small business joint venture, was made through a competitive selection of proposals from a group of five, small business 8(a) multiple award construction contractors.

Su-Mo/Nan JV, which has offices in Honolulu, anticipates that portions of the project will be subcontracted to firms on Kauai and Oahu, providing jobs to local workers.

"Su-Mo/Nan JV is very excited to have been awarded this project that will help promote a healthier environment," said Su Yong Yi, partner, Su-Mo/Nan JV. "We look forward to using local vendors and subcontractors in the hopes of further stimulating our state's economy.

The photovoltaic systems at PMRF Kauai are scheduled for completion by July 2011. The contract task order awarded was for $6,687,990.

The Department of Defense received $7.4 billion from the ARRA, which is less than one percent of the $787 billion total amount. The Navy in Hawaii received $124 million to modernize Navy and Marine Corps shore infrastructure, enhance America's energy independence, and sustain a stead and robust Maritime Force for decades. In order to help put local contractors to work, ARRA funds will be spent as quickly as possible.



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