Icenogle Construction Management Incorporated, San Francisco, California; TriEco TT Sustainable Resources Joint Venture, San Diego, California; Earthworks/Mortenson Joint Venture, Red Lake, Minnesota; Solar Power Integrators, Roseville, California; Synergy Electric, Santee, California; and Tri-Technic Incorporated, Sonora, California; were awarded a $49 million firm-fixed-price multiple-award-task-order contract for the construction of solar and wind power plants at bases within the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers South Pacific District. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento, California, is the contracting activity.
Iris Technology Corporation, Irvine, California, recently announced that it has won a contract from the U.S. Marine Corps Systems Command for the initial phase of Solar Power Adaptor - Generation II (SPA II). The entire contract, to be implemented incrementally, is for six years with a maximum value of $42 million. Iris will provide a man-portable solar power system able to address any rechargeable battery chemistry, now and in the anticipated future and able to power virtually all tactical radios.
The U.S. Marine Corps is moving forward with two existing solar power programs helping to reduce energy dependence and lighten the physical load weighing down troops.
Defense Editor Max Cacas discusses the next-generation technology decreasing the need for risky energy sources in his SIGNAL Magazine article, "Solar Powers Missions and Saves Lives."
Entertainment, lodging and vehicles may seem like obvious choices for military discounts-but home power systems? Activity duty and retired military members in San Diego County, California, can enjoy price breaks on that, too, thanks to a deal by Stellar Solar. The company wants to show its appreciation for the sacrifices troops make by offering them between $1,000 and $2,000 off residential solar systems depending on the kilowatts needed. The company claims that by combining the discount with a 30 percent federal tax credit and the California rebate, users can have small or no electric bills.