RUFMA Lighting

Client: US Army Corps of Engineers, LA District


In July 2012, we completed this lighting replacement and solar photovoltaic installation project awarded for $2,696,780 on Sept. 28, 2011. We replaced the existing MH HID lighting with energy efficient lighting, which included replacing 87 light poles each having 12 light fixtures. We also replaced lighting on five shade canopies each having 10 HID pendant mount light fixtures. We provided and installed a solar photovoltaic system on top of the five existing shade canopy structures and coordinated with the base utilities department and Southern California Edison (SCE) to connect the photovoltaic system to the utility electrical grid through 3-phase grid interactive inverters and to the SCE main grid. The project also included miscellaneous associated site work. We provided and installed a power meter on each shade canopy, and a Data Acquisition Software package that was a Basic Commercial PBI-compliant monitoring service package that provided revenue grad monitoring and reporting for three phase systems rated at 20kWdc and above.

The project was designed to conserve energy resources and reduce the US Army National Training Center’s costs by improving energy utilization, efficiency and production. The newly installed system is a visible representation of Fort Irwin’s commitment to energy independence and sustainability.

Scope of Work

  • Install new solar PV modules and racking
  • Install new inverter and switchgear
  • Demo and remove equipment pad
  • Pour concrete footings, pads and block wall
  • Lay down CMU block
  • Install conduit
  • Install trellis, fencing and gate
  • Install 87 light poles with 4, 10 or 12 lights each

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