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Department of Defense: The Next Solar Superstar?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has set an ambitious goal to reach 3 gigawatts of solar capacity by 2025. This is an exciting commitment to solar energy from the largest single energy consumer in the world. The DOD annual energy budget is a whopping $20 billion.

The biggest energy consumer of the military branches, the Air Force, has already built 38 megawatts of solar capacity. The Army has installed over 26 megawatts of solar at bases in sixteen states, leaving solar to account for one-third of the Army’s planned renewable capacity additions through 2017. And the Navy has installed more than 58 megawatts across twelve states including Washington D.C. with plans to exceed the basic plan by obtaining 50 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.

According to the report, Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy released by SEIA, this shift to solar has allowed the military to cut its consumption of generator liquid fuel from 20 gallons per day to 2.5 gallons per day.

We are no stranger to federal solar solutions working on numerous large-scale installations with the Air Force, US Navy and US Coast Guard. We are proud of the DOD’s commitment to solar and look forward to following the progress.

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