Dan Hofmann

The U.S. military is going Green, and a Louisville-based firm is the beneficiary of the new policy.

The United States Department of Defense has awarded RegenEn Solar LLC a $1.1 million contract to install four solar water-heating systems atop barracks at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.

“This will be one of the U.S. military’s largest solar-water heating installations to date, and we’re very excited to be part of it,” said Dan Hofmann, RegenEn Solar president and a frequent Insider Louisville guest blogger.

 RegenEn’s contract is part of an ambitious DoD alternative energy initiative at bases and posts across the United States, a $7 billion program announced last year.

“The Parris Island systems are one of many solar projects included in the Defense Department’s recently announced initiative to build large-scale solar arrays on millions of acres of military-owned land in the U.S.,” Hofmann said.

The initiative is meant to both save money by switching to renewable energy and to ensure military bases have energy even when the surrounding grid fails, according to DoD documents.

The Marines sent out a request for proposal last August, and RegenEn ended up with the solar piece at Parris Island, Hofmann said.

The project is on a large scale, with crews installing 400 solar thermal collectors spread across four buildings, along with a commercial-scale solar thermal pumping station in each building.

RegenEn is collaborating with Richmond, Calif.-based SunWater Solar to complete the installations.

The project will get started within a month “with things like getting base passes for the crew. Then construction will start in March. We’re scheduled for about a month per building, and there are four buildings,” Hofmann said.

All of the installed equipment will be manufactured in the United States,  per the terms of the contract.

The solar thermal systems will reduce water-heating costs for the Parris Island barracks, saving U.S. taxpayers money over the estimated 25-year lifespan of the systems, Hofmann said.

About RegenEn Solar: RegenEn Solar LLC is located in Louisville, KY and is an installer of solar panel systems for commercial and residential applications. RegenEn Solar is a registered Limited Liability Company with the commonwealth of Kentucky. Contact RegenEn Solar at 502-298-8160 or [email protected]




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Terry Boyd
Terry Boyd has seven years experience as a business/finance journalist, and eight years a military reporter with European Stars and Stripes. As a banking and finance reporter at Business First, Boyd dealt directly with the most influential executives and financiers in Louisville.

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