The Covina Police Department in California has recently received six Generation I Ground Renewable Expeditionary Energy Network Systems (GREENS) from the Department of Defense. The GREENS collect solar energy, convert that energy to useable power, and stores any excess energy in batteries.
The United States Marine Corps had replaced their Generation I systems with GREENS Generation II in 2016. The Covina Police Department intends to use these older GREENS systems as a backup power system for disaster preparedness and/or emergency response. Although the DOD transferred systems to local law enforcement agencies, the systems did not include any of the intelligent batteries originally provided to the Marine Corps.
The staff of the Covina Police Department was undeterred, and modified the system to work with commercially available lead acid batteries. Way to go Covina PD! Should a catastrophic event happen, this police department is ready and able to continue to power emergency systems to serve and protect their community for an extended period of time without fuel.
For other state and local law enforcement agencies, the DoD’s 1033 Program permits the Secretary of Defense to transfer, without charge, excess US Department of Defense property to state and local law enforcement agencies. Additional information about this program can be found here: http://www.dla.mil/DispositionServices/Offers/Reutilization/LawEnforcement/JoinTheProgram.aspx
UEC Electronics is thrilled to see these older systems rescued from an early retirement in Covina, California and is impressed with the technical acumen of the police department.