Baker Electric Solar (BES) is a full-service solar integration company which specialises in green technology design and build for both commercial and domestic solar systems. The company has just announced that it has won a Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) 'Project of Distinction' Award which was presented at the PV America West Expo in San Jose, California. The prize was awarded to the company for the its 1.5 MW installation at the BEQ-9 (Batchelor Enlisted Quarters) complex at the US Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Centre at Twenty Nine Palms, California. Arizona Western College and Clean Energy Collective were also honoured with awards.
SEIA and SEPA Project of Distinction awards mark major achievements in the US solar energy sector and are judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from a wide number of associations, consultants, distributors, governmental organisations, manufacturers and utilities. In order to qualify, projects have to be in operation and provide a proven benefit to communities together with an innovative employment of policy and financing.
The BEQ-9 project was completed in partnership with renewable energy engineering design firm Blue Oak Energy (BOE). It consisted of three 4-storey BEQ's, each consisting of 576 two-person rooms, a landmark projection tower, 500-seat outdoor amphitheatre and a 706-space 4-storey parking garage. The company had to install a PV system without placing arrays on the BEQ rooftops and it achieved this by placing them in other usable areas thus creating a series of dual purposes structures. The project in its entirety uses 4,680 SunPower E19/318 solar panels which provide on-site solar electric power as well as providing shading for the parking areas, amphitheatre and recreational park. The PV is integrated into the building management system and the inverters and system performance panel are centralized in to an overall military central control panel.
Julie Hamm, the President and CEO of SEPA said: "We have a fine example in our third award of the military's growing use of solar technology. The Baker Electric Solar project delivers 1.5 megawatts of solar energy to the U.S. Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center at Twentynine Palms, California."
"We are privileged to be a recipient of the prestigious Project of Distinction Award" said Ted Baker, BES President. "The BEQ-9 Project is a testament to the importance of advancing the use of solar energy on our military bases. The awards program showcases the benefits of developing alternative energy sources for the future, and it is indeed an honor for our teams to be recognized for this achievement."