U.S. Army to Invest in Solar Power

PALM SPRINGS, CA - MARCH 27: Giant wind turbines are powered by strong winds in front of solar panels on March 27, 2013 in Palm Springs, California. According to reports, California continues to lead the nation in green technology and has the lowest greenhouse gas emissions per capita, even with a growing economy and population.
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Clare Foran
Oct. 1, 2013, 8:10 a.m.

En­ergy-ef­fi­ciency saves lives. At least that’s what top-rank­ing Army com­mand­ers are say­ing to ex­plain a shift from fossil fuels to to sol­ar en­ergy and oth­er re­new­able tech­no­lo­gies at U.S. mil­it­ary out­posts.

Ac­cord­ing to Bloomberg, fuel tankers car­ry­ing oil and gas are par­tic­u­larly vul­ner­able to at­tack in a war zone. Now, army of­fi­cials are hop­ing that in­vest­ments in sol­ar en­ergy and photo­vol­ta­ic pan­els will help mit­ig­ate the risk of at­tack and lessen the num­ber of cas­u­al­ties.

“A fuel tanker can be shot at and blown up,” said Richard Kidd, the U.S. Army’s deputy as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary in charge of en­ergy se­cur­ity. “The sun’s rays will still be there.”


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