Nanosolar Inc. of San Jose, California USA, announced that it has completed a 1 MW ground-mounted solar installation at Camp Roberts in San Miguel, California. Camp Roberts is the largest of California’s National Guard training facilities. The installation is part of the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Energy Security Technology Certification Program (ESTCP), which tests green technologies to address rising energy costs and minimize the reliance on fossil fuels. Nanosolar notes that the DoD spends over $4 billion annually on electricity use, accounting for more than 90 percent of the federal government’s energy use.
Nanosolar is providing its copper indium gallium diselenide (CIGS) utility panels to the the ESTCP program with its solar demonstration project at Camp Roberts. The installation, which is comprised of 4,992 of Nanosolar’s thin-film panels, will test the capabilities of the solution in areas where solar irradiance is above average. At Camp Roberts, strong annual insolation of 1892 kWh/m2 is typical. The project was installed in an area of flat, unused land.
“Our project at Camp Roberts shows how our technology can be used for both military and non-military applications, on a path to greater energy independence,” said Eugenia Corrales, CEO of Nanosolar. “Nanosolar is on track to deliver the most cost-efficient solar electricity, with the expectation that we can achieve grid parity with non-renewable energy resources by 2015.”