Monday, March 12, 2012

Marines take lead on green ideas

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar / 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing
03.12.2012 - Well on its way to becoming the Department of Defense’s first net zero energy installation, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., continues to bring energy efficient ideas to life in waste disposal and renewable energy.

Through various projects such as the energy purchase of the Miramar Landfill, which will generate more than three megawatt-hours of energy, and the construction of several hundred solar panels aboard the air station as well as a diesel generator, MCAS Miramar has surpassed the Secretary of the Navy Instruction on energy efficiency and begun working toward the creation of a micro-grid energy system.

This system will allow MCAS Miramar to operate as a “911” base in case of an emergency or power outage in the local area, separate from the San Diego General Electric power grid.

While DOD requirements include cutting consumption of brown energy, energy from fossil fuels, to 50 percent by the year 2020, air station officials have already reached 48 percent through a multi-point attack.

“We are attacking energy conservation from every aspect,” said Randy Monohan, the MCAS Miramar utilities and energy manager. “We are using solar power generation, reclaim water and the power from the landfill. We have pinpointed the locations of massive energy consumption and gone through to fix each problem individually.” read more>>>

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