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Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy

Solar plays a critical role in making the military’s energy supply more secure, distributed, affordable and independent. The Department of Defense has committed to meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025 and the Navy, Army and Air Force have each implemented aggressive plans that are increasing the U.S. investment in solar and encouraging innovation in the industry. As of early 2013, there are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems powering military bases in at least 31 states and the District of Columbia. Combined, these installations provide enough clean energy to power 22,000 American homes.

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