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American Military base on remote atoll Diego Garcia partially powered by solar PV

Independent Power Systems designed, procured and commissioned two PV grid-tie systems for the American naval and air force base on the remote Indian Ocean atoll Diego Garcia. The first system installed in 2010 has Kyocera PV modules. The second installation in early 2016 has SunPower PV modules. Both types of modules are proven technologies that can handle the challenging tropical environment of the South Pacific.  Key to winning the second bid was IPS’s design which was superior to that requested in the RFP. IPS chose to go with multiple string inverters versus a single central inverter. This had not only the production benefits of superior power point tracking but also makes future inverter replacement and repairs much easier considering the challenging shipping logistics.

SunPower 327 commercial panels by Indian Ocean

SunPower 327 commercial panels by Indian Ocean

Both systems are performing well and accomplishing the goal of reducing the base’s dependence on diesel fuel while taking advantage of the abundant clean and free fuel, sunshine.

For profound insight into the burden – and national security issue –  that is the military’s dependence on oil http://www.theburdenfilm.com

Diego Garcia - flying in to install solar PV system

Diego Garcia – flying in to install solar PV system

diesel smokestacks at US naval base Diego Garcia

diesel smokestacks at US naval base Diego Garcia

installing SunPower 327 commercial panels at US military base on Diego Garcia

installing SunPower 327 commercial panels at US military base on Diego Garcia