Army looking to go green with renewable energy

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 @ 11:09 AM
posted by rene5432

The U.S. Army has always been known for ground-breaking technological advancements when it comes to warfare and intelligence, but this sect of the military is now getting heavily involved in the renewable energy game.

Fox News reports that the Army is looking to house billions of dollars in renewable energy projects on its bases in exchange for a share of the energy that is generated. The plan is expected to attract more than $7 billion in private investment over 10 years to bases across the country.

Katherine Hammack, assistant Army secretary for installations, environment and energy, told the news source that each base has different renewable energy capabilities. For example, bases in the southwest are ripe for solar energy projects, while wind farms can be ideal for bases in Texas and other locations.

The Army isn't the only sect of the military going green. According to the Department of Defense, the Navy is working with the private sector to develop a sustainable, U.S.-based alternative energy industry. In partnership with the energy and agriculture departments, the Navy will be a major player in the biofuel industry by providing a shared $510 million investment over three years, which is estimated at half the private sector's cost. 

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