Sustainability Initiatives and Renewable Energy Projects
Marine Corps Installations Command and Marine Corps Base Hawaii (MCBH) hosted the Installation NeXt Hawaii-Resilience symposium on MCBH, from Jan. 29 -31, 2019. Installation NeXt Hawaii focuses on the ability of Marine Corps Installations to be resilient and persevere in the face of an emergency, and continue their core mission of generating combat power despite daunting and emerging challenges. Music tracks by Scott Holmes via Free Music Archive, Disclaimer: The appearance of links does not constitute endorsement by the Department of Defense of this website or the information, products or services contained therein. (Official U.S. Marine Corps video by CWO3 Michael Kropiewnicki)
PBS News Hour - Scientists work to harness power from Hawaii's waves.
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard toured Marine Corps Base Hawaii‘s sustainability initiatives and received an update on the base’s renewable energy projects, including its rooftop solar production, ongoing wave power research, and other renewable energy projects that contribute to Hawaii’s 100% clean energy goal.
KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Engineering and Expeditionary Warfare Center managed the deployment of the Fred. Olsen Ltd. "Lifesaver" Wave Energy Conversion device between March 22 and 25, to the Navy's Wave Energy Test Site. NAVFAC EXWC established and still manages the WETS facility located off Marine Corps Base, Hawaii. U.S. Navy Photo (Released).
Energy is vital to the Marine Corps – it powers all efforts, from crucial training and logistics on installations, to the warfighter and operating bases in the field. Marines are known for using only what they need, and energy is no exception. Small things that individual Marines do across installations to save energy or spread awareness will have a large impact over time.
Commandant of the Marine Corps: “…the way we use energy is essential to the rebalance of our Corps & how we prepare it for the future.”
How does MCBH help the community and meet CMC intent?
  • Possible venue for needed windward power plant.

  • 50 MW capacity; Bio-fuel capable.



Currently 5 MW of solar on base.

  • Additional 1.5 MW power coming.

  • Solar hot water provided on all 2,600 homes.

  • Solar with most Military Construction projects.

  • MCBH next steps: Meet SECNAV 50% requirement by 2020. 

Energy Innovation
  • Wave Energy Test Site (WETS).

  • Hydrogen Refueling Station.

  • Camp Smith Micro-grid.

  • MCBH next steps: Hydrogen vehicles & additional wave energy test devices.


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