Armed forces see rise in renewable energy
Jan 16, 2014 - Shan Li - latimes.com
|The armed forces are increasing their use of renewable-energy projects… (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles…)
The use of clean energy technology has seen a sharp
rise in military sites in the U.S., as the armed
forces push into green sources of power around the
country, a report said.
The Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. have
looked for ways to reduce its energy bills in recent
years even as the Pentagon's budget is squeezed.
Combined, the U.S. military goes through $4 billion
worth of power on its bases, according to a report
from Pew Charitable Trusts.
The armed forces have moved to quickly adopt green
energy solutions, the report said.
Renewable-energy projects at military installations
run by the Defense Department jumped 54% to 700 from
2010 to 2012, the report said. Energy-saving and
efficiency projects more than doubled to 1,339 from
630 during that time.
Phyllis Cuttino, who directs Pew's project on national
security, energy and climate, said the U.S. military
was using the private sector to get projects off
"The military's clean energy installation initiatives
are gathering momentum, enhancing base energy security," Cuttino
said in a statement.
The military has taken advantage of novel financing
methods created by the solar industry. Those include
power-purchasing agreements, in which the solar developer
pays to install panels onto rooftops and then sells
the electricity generated to customers.