Solar panels bring renewable energy to military buildings

Wednesday, September 7, 2011 @ 07:09 PM
posted by rene5432

The U.S. Department of Energy has teamed with the Department of Defense to provide solar panels on military bases throughout the country, CNET reports.

The government is planning to install solar electric panels at 160,000 locations, which may double the number of residential solar installations in the country. Installations are planned for 124 military bases in 33 states over five years, adding 371 megawatts of solar capacity to the grid.

This new renewable energy program, dubbed the SolarStrong Project, will help the Department of Defense meet its goal of obtaining 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025, all without needing taxpayer money.

According to CNET, SolarCity, a California-based business, will own, install and operate the panels. The company hopes to hire as many veterans and military family members as possible for the projects.

The planned program is supported by a $1 billion loan guarantee, Bloomberg reports. SolarCity’s first military installation at a military base was in Arizona in 2009, and the nationwide system will be modeled after that initial project.

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