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Base breaks ground on solar project - The Marine Corps Logistics Base broke ground Monday morning on a solar photovoltaic project that will eventually provide 25 percent of the base's electricity needs.

Whenever someone does an article about solar power or wind power, they always use the phrase "...will power XXX homes..." when using this phrase completely ignores the fact that without energy storage, solar does nothing to provide power in the late evening, nighttime, and early morning.  The article also says the solar power purchase agreement will save the base $3.9million in electricity purchases from SCE without mentioning how much the base will pay Sundurance Energy for the PPA.  1MW of solar PV installation will cost roughly $4million and, at 20% power factor typical of tracking solar, will generate roughly 307 million MWh over a 20 year span making the cost of power about $114.15 per MWh just to pay for the capital costs if one ignores O&M.

I believe the author of the article has been fed a line.  In order to save the base $3.9 million and pay off the capital costs of the solar installation, electricity from SCE would have to be $225 per MWh.  I believe our government developed the military "green" programs to aid and abet solar developers at the taxpayers' expense.

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