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Camp Pendleton Lights a 1.4 Megawatt Solar System

Environmental engineering is an exciting trend whose ascendency can be witnessed throughout the world.  In the land of Surfer Joe's down near San Diego, the Marines of Camp Pendleton have built a giant farm of solor panels atop a retired land fill.  According to a press statement from the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Southwest: the installation should produce about 2,400 megawatt-hours (MWh) annually, or enough electricity to power 400 average U.S. homes.

The Japanese company, Kyocera, a name not unfamiliar with veteren techies, produced and supplied the photovoltaic modules for the system. Kyocera has reported that 6,300 of its KD235 variety solar modules were used in the project, within upwards of 225 soloar panels.

The Pew Environment Group reports that the U.S. Department of Defense has “set a goal of producing or procuring 25 percent of its electric energy needs from renewable sources by 2025… [and] incurs more than $1.3 billion in additional energy costs for every $10 increase per barrel rise in the world market price of oil.”  

The Engineering firm that designed the system is AECOM.  AECOM is the type of company one could look forward to obtaining a degree in environmental engineering or engineering management.  Many of the sponsor schools of bestengineeringcollegedegree.com have such degrees.  Check them out!