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Today, from security and battlefield readiness to cost savings and efficiency, America’s military is making an unprecedented commitment to renewable energy sources, and solar is “walking point” on many of these new, innovative efforts.

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    • 505 9thStreet NW | Suite 800 | Washington DC 20004 | 202.682.0556 | www.seia.orgMay 17, 2013ENLISTING THE SUNPowering the U.S. Military with Solar EnergyStaff Sgt. Anthony Chambers of the 506thExpeditionary Security Forces Squadron checks astate-of-the-art, solar-powered security system.
    • 1SEIA | www.seia.orgSOLAR ENERGY INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATIONEstablished in 1974, the Solar Energy Industries Association®is the national trade association of the U.S.solar energy industry. Through advocacy and education, SEIA®and its 1,000 member companies arebuilding a strong solar industry to power America. As the voice of the industry, SEIA works to make solar amainstream and significant energy source by expanding markets, removing market barriers, strengthening theindustry and educating the public on the benefits of solar energy.For additional information, please visit www.seia.org.ACKNOWLEDGMENTSThis report benefited from the expertise of Captain Kerry Gilpin, Director, 1 Gigawatt Task Force, Departmentof the Navy; John Lushetsky, Executive Director of Energy Initiatives Task Force, Department of the Army; KenGray, Acting Energy Director, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, U.S. Air Force; SunPower, Solaria, SolarCity,FLS Energy, ZeroBase Energy and Getty Images.This report is intended for informational purposes only. References to specific products and projects have beenincluded solely to advance these purposes and do not constitute an endorsement, sponsorship orrecommendation by SEIA.© 2013 Solar Energy Industries Association®Navy Secretary Ray Mabus observessolar energy equipment at ForwardOperating Base Geronimo, HelmandProvince, Afghanistan. Mabus met withsenior leaders and U. S. Marines todiscuss security in the region.(Photo: Chief Mass CommunicationSpecialist Sam Shavers)
    • 2SEIA | www.seia.orgContentsIntroduction...............................................3 For the DOD, the Value Proposition ofSolar is Clear.............................................7 Financing Solar Projects for the Military ...9 Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) ............................... 9 Enhanced Use Lease..................................................... 9 Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) .............. 9 Solar Growing in Each Branch.................10 Navy........................................................................... 10 Air Force..................................................................... 12 Army........................................................................... 14 Conclusion...............................................16 Additional Information............................18 
    • 3SEIA | www.seia.orgENLISTING THE SUNPOWERING THE U.S. MILITARY WITHSOLAR ENERGYIntroductionToday, from security and battlefield readiness tocost savings and efficiency, America’s military ismaking an unprecedented commitment torenewable energy sources, and solar is “walkingpoint” on many of these new, innovative efforts.In Afghanistan, not far from Khyber Pass, acompany of U.S. Marines were the first ones totake portable solar panels and solar tent shieldsinto a battle zone. As the New York Timesreported at the time, “After a decade of wagingwars in remote corners of the globe where fuel isnot readily available, senior commanders havecome to see overdependence on fossil fuel as abig liability, and renewable technologies – whichhave become more reliable and less expensiveover the past few years – as providing a potentialanswer.”Secretary Ray Mabus, for one, is supporting effortsto have 50 percent of the power used by the Navyand Marines come from renewable energy sourcesby 2020. This marks a seismic shift in Pentagonthinking about energy.As the world’s largest energy consumer and one ofthe greatest catalysts of technological innovation,the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has theability to transform markets through its procurementpower alone. Consistently rated among the mosttrusted and respected organizations in America,the DOD adopts technologies that often find theirway into civilian lives.In recent years, the Navy, Army and Air Forcehave each implemented aggressive plans that haveput the U.S. military on a path to significantlyexpand its use of clean, renewable solar energy.Each branch has outlined ambitious renewableenergy targets that will drive 3 gigawatts (GW)1ofrenewable energy installations by 2025.2All ofthese targets have been designed to help meet awider DOD mandate, title 10 USC 2911, whichrequires 25 percent of total facility energyconsumption to come from renewable energysources by 2025.3These aggressive renewable energy targets are aresponse to rising energy costs, potential energysupply disruptions and the need for more secureand clean energy generation and distribution. Inthe past year alone, the DOD spent more than $20billion on energy and consumed over five billion1One gigawatt (GW) is 1,000 megawatts (MW) or 1 million kilowatts(kW), all of which are units of power. A typical compact fluorescent orLED light bulb uses only 13 watts – one kW could power roughly 75bulbs. On average, one MW of solar can meet all the electricity needs of160 typical American homes. The number of homes a MW of solar canpower varies state-to-state due differences in available sunshine andhousehold electricity consumption.2http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/04/11/fact-sheet-obama-administration-announces-additional-steps-increase-ener3http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/USCODE-2010-title10/pdf/USCODE-2010-title10-subtitleA-partIV-chap173-subchapI-sec2911.pdfIn the past year alone, the DOD spentmore than $20 billion on energy andconsumed over five billion gallons of oil.
    • 4SEIA | www.seia.orggallons of oil.4An aging national transmissionnetwork, global fuel price market volatility and adependence on foreign oil continue to put mission-critical energy supply at risk.The military has increasingly turned to solar energyto address these vital DOD objectives and meet itsrenewables targets. Solar has proven an effectivealternative to traditional energy sources in avariety of roles for the DOD.The military has utilized large, centralized utility-scale solar projects to power bases; smaller,distributed-generation (DG) systems to energizebuildings and homes; and portable solar systemsto provide crucial energy on the battlefield. Utility,DG and portable solar provide the military withcost-effective energy that improves missioncapabilities and mitigates national security issuestied to grid infrastructure and traditional fuelsupply.This report shows solar energy’s growing role inpowering military installations and military homesacross the U.S. As of early 2013, there are morethan 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic(PV) energy systems powering Navy, Army and AirForce bases in at least 31 states and the District ofColumbia. Combined, these installations provideenough clean energy to power 22,000 Americanhomes. These solar totals do not includeinstallations at bases abroad, on the battlefield orat any classified locations.To date, the Navy has installed more solar thaneither the Army or Air Force, with more than4http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=11708458 MW at or near bases in 12 states and DC. TheAir Force follows the Navy with 38 MW ofinstalled solar capacity, while the Army hasdeployed more than 36 MW. Together, the threebranches have installed more solar than 37different states. Each branch has also developedplans to significantly expand its solar usage.Solar will continue to be a vital piece of the Army,Navy and Air Force’s efforts to meet theirrenewables targets moving forward. Morespecifically, PV accounts for 58 percent of the 1.9GW of identified DOD renewable energy capacityadditions from 2012 to 2017.5That equates toapproximately 1.1 GW of planned new PVprojects, which is roughly equal to the amount ofinstalled global solar capacity in 2000.5Annual Energy Management Reportwww.acq.osd.mil/ie/energy/library/FY.2011.AEMR.PDFSource: FY2011 DOD Annual Energy Management Report
    • 5SEIA | www.seia.org
    • 6SEIA | www.seia.org66http://www.army.mil/article/67546/Army_War_fighter_joins_Pentagon_Energy_Security_ForumSOLAR PROTECTING MILITARY PERSONNEL ON THE BATTLEFIELDSolar currently provides the military with operational energy that enhances the “tacticaledge” and security of our armed forces abroad.6The military has utilized portable solar arrays to power “fixed-site” locations, many ofwhich are very remote and depend on off-grid power. Solar reduces demand oftraditional generators at these discreet locations and in turn, limits the need for costly anddangerous fuel resupply missions that put personnel at risk.Operational solar also provides these bases with dependable power that is easilyportable, compared to obtrusive, heavy, and at times unreliable generators that are oftentargets for enemy fire.Companies have developedsolar systems that can beattached to backpacks to powerGPS and other equipment aswell. These solar cells are farlighter and less restrictive thanthe current batteries mostinfantry must wear on thebattlefield.With continued advances intechnology, solar on thebattlefield protects our armedforces and saves lives.Operational PV system. For more information, visit www.thezerobase.com(Photo: ZeroBase Energy, LLC)
    • 7SEIA | www.seia.orgFor the DOD, the Value Proposition ofSolar is ClearSOLAR PROVIDES ENERGY SECURITY ANDINDEPENDENCESolar has been and will continue to be instrumentalin the DOD’s efforts to procure more secure andindependent energy.On-site solar generation allows the military to beless reliant on aging transmission infrastructure andremote power plants. A solar energy system,coupled with battery backup, a diesel generator orthermal energy storage, can operate in islandmode. This allows the solar project to continue toprovide power independent from the grid, whichprovides an extra layer of redundancy andreduces the risk posed by blackouts and potentialcyber-attacks.As the military shifts to solar and away fromtraditional generation sources, its energy supplywill also be less dependent on fossil fuels and lesssusceptible to global supply and price disruptions.Solar provides the military with locally generatedenergy that is insulated from natural or man-madeinstability that could put missions at risk.SOLAR IS PART OF A LEAN AND EFFICIENT MILITARYWhile energy costs continue to rise, DOD budgetshave steadily declined. The military has deployedsolar installations across the country and abroad toreign in energy expenditures.The average price of a completed PV system hasdeclined by more than 40% since the beginning of2011. In most cases, the military can sign long-term contracts for solar energy that are below localretail rates for electricity. Other federal agenciesface contract limits that can drive up the cost ofsolar and other renewables.7Long term solarcontracts allow the DOD to hedge against risingand volatile energy costs. Solar will save themilitary millions of dollars, which in turn can bereinvested to ensure more ready and able armedforces.7Most federal agencies cannot enter into a Power Purchase Agreementfor longer than 10 years, which can significantly impact projecteconomics. For more, click here.The average price of a completed PVsystem has declined by more than 40%since the beginning of 2011.
    • 8SEIA | www.seia.orgSOLAR IS CLEANIn February 2013, the DOD released a ClimateChange Adaption Roadmap (CCAR), whichhighlights the range of adverse effects climatechange has on national security. The report notesthat climate change can accelerate instability andconflict around the world and jeopardize missions.Solar provides the DOD with a clean source ofenergy generation and offsets the military’sgreenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The continuedadoption of solar is a response to the potentialconsequences of climate change that will stressDOD resources in the years ahead.Solar Works for the MilitaryMore than 130 MW of solar in 31 states across the country.In Afghanistan, Sgt. David Doty and Maj. Sean Sadlier say the use ofsolar on the battlefield is a potential life saver. “Our generatorstypically use more than 20 gallons of fuel a day. We are down to 2.5gallons a day,” according to Doty, a Fulton, MO, native. “The systemworks amazing. By saving fuel for generators, it has cut back on thenumber of convoys, meaning fewer opportunities for one of ourvehicles to hit an IED.” (Photo: Gunnery Sgt. William Price)
    • 9SEIA | www.seia.orgFinancing Solar Projects for the MilitaryIn order to fully realize the benefits of solar, themilitary leverages private partnerships to developand finance projects. The military has used threecommon third-party structures to develop solarprojects: Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs),Enhanced Use Leases (EULs) and Energy SavingsPerformance Contracts (ESPC).POWER PURCHASE AGREEMENT (PPA)A solar PPA is an agreement between a privatedeveloper and a host, in this case, the military, inwhich the developer coordinates the system’sdesign, construction, and financing while the hostpurchases the system’s output at a specified rate.Under a PPA, the DOD does not own the project,which allows the military to avoid any up-front costto develop the project. Rather, the military signs acontract to purchase the energy produced by thesolar installation at a price that is below localutility rates, which can save the DOD andtaxpayers millions of dollars over the life of thesystem.A PPA is an attractive financing structure as itallows the military to capture the benefits of thefederal Investment Tax Credit and utilize the valueof on-site solar generation at no up-front cost. As anon-taxable entity, the military must depend on athird-party to monetize tax credits. The agreementalso minimizes risk to the military because thedeveloper is responsible for system performanceand only receives payments for the powerdelivered.88Under U.S. Code Section 2922A, a military department may enter intoa contract for energy for a period of 10 to 20 years, and up 30 years atthe approval of the DOD.ENHANCED USE LEASEAn enhanced use lease (EUL) is an arrangement inwhich a private developer leases land from themilitary to develop a solar project. In most cases,the private developer provides the DOD with rentalpayments, either monetary or other in-kindconsiderations, which can be applied directly backinto the improvement of the base. While themilitary does not purchase the energy from thesolar project directly, the systems do supply powerto the nearby grid.EULs are especially attractive when a militaryfacility has available land and solar resources, butdoes not have the on-site demand for a large,centralized project. An EUL allows the military tomeet its renewable energy targets while at thesame time foster job creation and promoteenvironmental stewardship.ENERGY SAVINGS PERFORMANCE CONTRACT (ESPC)An ESPC is a partnership between a federalagency and a private sector company, alsoreferred to as an energy service company (ESCO),which allows the military to procure energyprojects with no upfront capital outlay. ESPCs aresigned for the purpose of improving infrastructureto achieve energy savings and allow forrenewable energy generation. ESCO payments arebased on the anticipated or actual energy savingsgenerated by the renewable energy project.
    • 10SEIA | www.seia.orgSolar Growing in Each BranchNAVYIn 2009, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabusoutlined that energy security and energyindependence should be the two pillars that drivethe Navy’s energy program. In response to theseobjectives, Secretary Mabus announced that by2020, the Navy would obtain 50 percent of itsenergy from renewable sources, which far exceedsthe DOD’s 25 percent by 2025 mandate.9To reach Secretary Mabus’ ambitious target, theDepartment of the Navy (DON) established a 1GW Task Force to oversee the procurement of 1GW of renewable energy capacity by 2020.10Solar is expected to be instrumental in the Navy’sefforts to meet these goals in the upcoming years.PV comprises 57 percent of all DON plannedrenewable energy capacity additions from 2012to 2017 and provides the Navy with a moresecure and independent generation mix. 11Solar also has a significant share of the Navy’scurrent renewable energy portfolio. As of early2013, there are more than 58 MW of solar PVoperating at DON installations in 12 states and theDistrict of Columbia, more than either the Army orAir Force. DON has also awarded more than 20MW of PV projects, including installations atMarine Corps Base (MCB) Camp Lejeune, NorthCarolina and MCB Camp Pendleton, Californiaamong others that will come online in the nearfuture.9http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=5071010http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=6499511Annual Energy Management Reportwww.acq.osd.mil/ie/energy/library/FY.2011.AEMR.PDFAs of early 2013, there are more than58 MW of solar PV operating at DONinstallations in 12 states and theDistrict of Columbia, more than eitherthe Army or Air Force.To help meet Secretary Mabus’ targets, the 1 GWTask Force has also outlined specific initiatives thatwill aggregate projects and streamlineenvironmental and transmission reviews to ensureefficient and timely completion of future projects.Source: FY2011 DOD Annual Energy Management Report
    • 11SEIA | www.seia.org121312http://us.sunpowercorp.com/about/newsroom/press-releases/?relID=13464413IBIDCASE STUDY:CHINA LAKE NAVAL AIR WEAPONS STATIONIn October 2012, the Navy announced the completion a 14-MW PV project at the NavalAir Weapons Station China Lake in California, its largest operating solar project to date.The solar farm, developed and constructed by SunPower Corporation, will generate enoughclean energy to supply 30 percent of the facility’s annual electricity needs, save the Navyand taxpayers an estimated $13 million over the 20-year life of the project and increase theenergy security of the weapons station.12While the project was significant in size, it also marked the first time a federal agencygeneration project was financed through a 20-year power purchase agreement under USC2922A. Under the agreement, the Navy signed a contract to purchase the power generatedfrom the project, while SunPower financed and built the system. The PPA allowed the Navyto avoid an upfront capital outlay and purchase secure and clean energy at a predictablerate well below retail prices.Before the China Lake contract was signed,most military energy procurement agreementshad a 10-year tenor. Shorter contract termsdrive up power prices. With the shorter tenor,the developer’s project costs had to berecovered within the 10 years, which pushedmost savings beyond the 10-year budgetcycle. A longer contract term allows themilitary to realize savings generated from theproject immediately. It is estimated that the20-year PPA length allowed the Navy toprocure output from China Lake at rates 30percent below the price it would have paidunder a 10-year agreement.13View of 14 MW PV system at Naval Weapons Station ChinaLake. (Photo: SunPower Corp.)
    • 12SEIA | www.seia.orgAIR FORCEAs the largest consumer of energy in the DOD andin light of constrained budgets, the Air Force(USAF) has taken proactive and acceleratedmeasures to diversify its generation mix andreduce energy costs. In the spring of 2012, the AirForce announced it would procure 1 GW ofrenewable power by 2016, which will allow theUSAF to exceed all DOD mandates, including 10USC 2911.14Solar will be critical to the Air Force’s efforts tomeet its 2016 target. PV is planned to account forover 70 percent of all new Air Force renewableenergy capacity added from 2012 to 2017, whichwill represent a significant expansion of the USAF’scurrent solar installations.15The branch’scommitment to solar reflects the USAF’s objectivesto lower expenditures and provide personnel withreliable and secure energy.As of early 2013, there are 38 MW of solar PVcapacity operating at Air Force bases in 24 states,enough to power more than 5,600 Americanhomes. While the Air Force is behind the Navy interms of installed solar capacity, the USAF hasannounced plans to add more than 26 MW of PVin 2013 alone. A 14.5-MW project at Davis-Monthan, Arizona, which will become the AirForce’s largest operating solar project, and a 6-MW array at Otis Air National Guard Base,Massachusetts, are both expected to come onlineby the end of 2013.14http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=12329871315Annual Energy Management Reportwww.acq.osd.mil/ie/energy/library/FY.2011.AEMR.PDFThe Air Force has also outlined solar projects atmilitary residences at the Los Angeles Air ForceBase and the Schriever Air Force Base, amongothers, through SolarCity’s Project SolarStrongTM.All of these projects, both at the utility anddistribution levels, are anticipated to provide theAir Force with millions of dollars in energy savingsover the lives of the systems.Source: FY2011 DOD Annual Energy Management Report
    • 13SEIA | www.seia.orgCASE STUDY:HICKAM COMMUNITIES, HICKAM AIR FORCE BASESince the summer of 2011, SolarCity has been working to construct one of the largest solarcommunities in the nation at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. To date, SolarCityhas installed and interconnected 3.4 MW for the 2,000-home community, with additionalsystems under technical review that could eventually bring approximately 5.5 MW in solarPV system capacity to Hickam Communities.Hickam Communities entered into a 20-year PPA with SolarCity to purchase the energygeneration of the hundreds of projects installed throughout the community. SolarCity has,and will continue, to engineer, install, monitor and maintain the systems throughout the 20-year contract term. The project will provide Hickam Communities with significant energysavings over the life of the system and allow the USAF to work towards meetings DODrenewable energy mandates at no up-front cost. The continued adoption of PV acrosscommunities like Hickam also reduces Hawaii’s dependence on costly, dirty foreign oil forelectricity generation.The Hickam Communities project is part of SolarStrong, a five-year $1 billion initiative toprovide solar electricity for up to 120,000 U.S. military homes across all three branches ofthe DOD. Once completed, it will be one of the largest residential solar initiatives in thecountry. Other SolarStrong projects are underway at Los Angeles Air Force Base, Californiaand Peterson and Schriever Air Force Bases in Colorado. A 929-home project at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona, announced in 2009, provided the initial blueprint forSolarStrong.Recently, SolarCity also startedconstruction of a large new project toprovide solar electricity to 6,500military family residences at OhanaMilitary Communities (OMC), whichserves Navy Region Hawaii and MarineCorps Base Hawaii. This latestSolarStrong project is scoped for aplanned 24 megawatts (MW) ofgeneration capacity. One of the hundreds of PV systems installed at homes atHickam Air Force Base. (Photo: SolarCity)
    • 14SEIA | www.seia.orgARMYThe Army has formed specific and aggressiverenewable and net-zero energy goals, and haslooked to solar specifically to help meet thesetargets. Like the Navy and Air Force, the Army hasalso implemented plans to procure 1 GW ofrenewable energy capacity in an effort to satisfythe DOD’s 25 percent renewables by 2025mandate and increase the energy security ofbases.16The Army is focused on the continuedadoption of solar to cost effectively enhance thebranch’s mission effectiveness.In September 2011, the Army established theEnergy Initiatives Task Force (EITF) to serve as thecentral renewable procurement office for projects10 MW or larger. The EITF’s development processis driven by DOD mandates, energy security andeconomic benefits and it will utilize privatepartnerships and investment. Solar allows the Armyto move forward with its renewable energy plansand adhere to all EITF objectives.As of early 2013, there are more than 36 MW ofsolar PV installed at different Army bases in at least16 states. While the Army has enough solarinstalled to power well over 5,000 Americanhomes, its solar portfolio is poised to expandsignificantly in the upcoming months and years.Solar comprises a third of the Army’s plannedrenewable generating capacity additions from2012 to 2017.17The EITF has moved forward withtwo 20-MW solar projects at Fort Irwin, Californiaand Fort Bliss, Texas, as well as a16http://www.army.mil/article/94756/The_Army_Moves_Toward_Renewable_Energy_Goal_for_2025/17Annual Energy Management Reportwww.acq.osd.mil/ie/energy/library/FY.2011.AEMR.PDF“micro-grid ready” 15-MW system at Fort Detrick,Maryland, which will be able to provide criticalpower to the base in the event of a power outage.Through Project SolarStrong, the Army has alsoannounced plans to install solar on the roofs of4,700 military homes at Fort Bliss, which will totalmore than 13 MW.Source: FY2011 DOD Annual Energy Management Report
    • 15SEIA | www.seia.org181918http://www.army.mil/article/94412/White_Sands_home_to_Army_s_largest_solar_power_system19IbidCASE STUDY:WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGEIn January 2013, the Army dedicated the White Sands Missile Range Solar Project in NewMexico. At 4.1 MW, the ground-mounted, low concentration PV project is the largestoperating solar project in the Army and will generate enough electricity to meet 10 percentof the missile range’s electricity needs.18The White Sands solar project, which utilizesSolaria Corporation’s proprietary tracking technology, will ultimately save the Army anestimated $900,000 annually and displace 7,400 tons of carbon emissions each year.19The added solar generation also diversifies the missile range’s energy supply andgeneration mix.The White Sands solar farm was the primary piece of an Energy Savings PerformanceContract (ESPC) that was awarded and managed by the U.S. Army Engineering andSupport Center. The ESPC was ultimately implemented by Siemens GovernmentTechnologies, who incurred the upfront cost of the installation and will operate andmaintain the project through the 25-year contract. Siemens will sell all the energy generatedfrom the solar farm to the White Sands Missile Range.The ESPC with Siemens highlights therange of benefits of a private-publicpartnership. The contract allowed theArmy to lower its operating costs,strengthen the missile range’s energysecurity and create local jobs at noup-front cost.4.1 MW LCPV solar project at White SandsMissile Range (Photo: Solaria)
    • 16SEIA | www.seia.org202120FLS Energy21IbidCASE STUDY:MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNEThe DOD utilizes thermal energy from the sun at military buildings and homes throughoutthe country using solar heating and cooling (SHC) technologies. These SHC technologiescollect the thermal energy from the sun and use its heat to provide hot water, spaceheating, cooling, and pool heating for a variety of residential and other applications. In2012, FLS Energy completed the nation’s largest solar water heating project in thecontinental United States at Marine Corp Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NorthCarolina. There are 2,200 solar water heating systems installed at Camp Lejeune, whichgenerate enough thermal energy to meet 75 percent of the daily hot water needs for eachmilitary home equipped.20Atlantic Marine Corps Communities, which develops and manages base housing at CampLejeune, signed a contract to purchase the energy produced from the solar water heatinginstallations. This agreement allows the base to purchase the output from the systems to heatwater at prices 20 percent below the cost of heating water with electricity from the grid.With no upfront capital expenditure needed, the project will save military funds as budgetscontinue to tighten. The money saved will allow for the addition of new homes for militaryfamilies and the renovation of existing homes at the base, which will improve the lives ofour armed forces and diversify the base’s energy resources.21Several of the 2,200 solar water heating systemsinstalled at Camp Lejeune (Photo: FLS Energy)
    • 17SEIA | www.seia.orgConclusionWith over 130 MW of operating solar projects atNavy, Air Force and Army bases in at least 31states plus DC, the military is on a clear path tobecome a leading player in the solar market. Thecontinued adoption of solar across the country isthe military’s answer to rising energy costs andsecurity issues associated with a conventional fuelsupply and aging transmission network. Solarprovides each branch with dependable, locallygenerated and cost-effective energy that saves themilitary money and alleviates energy securityconcerns.Solar energy is playing anincreasingly important role in makingthe U.S. military’s energy supply moresecure, more affordable and lessreliant on foreign sources.While the DOD’s operating solar portfolio marks asignificant shift in the DOD’s procurement thoughtprocess, the military’s current solar installations areonly the foundation for each branch’s ultimateenergy goals. The military has outlined plans toinstall hundreds of additional MW’s of solar thatwill transform the DOD’s energy supply. Solar’srapidly growing role in the military will ensure amore able, efficient and secure armed forces in theyears ahead.(Photo: Expert Infantry)
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