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U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar

NREL performed an assessment at the U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in California, which established baseline energy use and identified the lowest-cost combination of renewable energy options to meet energy reduction goals.

As a result, Miramar is on track to achieve a 43% reduction in building source energy use by 2012 and has been designated the first green Marine Corps base. New projects will enable the base to reduce building source energy use 90% by 2017.

Based on the Miramar project, NREL created a standardized assessment and planning process template for other military installations. Widespread replication of this process is planned, with assessments under way at several DOD installations, including: the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, the U.S. Army Garrison's Pohakuloa Training Area in Hawaii, the U.S. Naval Support Activity South Potomac in Virginia, and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in New York.

Learn more about NREL's work at Miramar in the following publications: