Suniva, Inc., a U.S. manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon solar cells and modules, has 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-KW 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).

Bryan Ashley, chief marketing officer for Suniva said, “This installation at the Marine Corps Air Field will produce clean, renewable energy that is secure at the base and independent of external sources.”

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