The US military is green…and we aren’t talking about the color of the camouflage.
According to Reuters, US Military bases are looking into the gradual implementation of large-scale alternative energy installations across the US. The “mix” of energy will come primarily from Solar, wind, and geothermal sources. With more than 1,000 military bases in the United States alone, the Department of Defense’s energy usage amounts to over 30,000 Giga-watt hours (GWH) per year – that’s a lot.
But that’s not all – the US Army also recently opened their greenest lab complex ever focused on developing more fuel efficient vehicles. The Ground Systems Power and Energy Lab (or GSPEL) will employ about 150 army scientists, researchers, and engineers to focus on hybrid vehicle development.
While the purpose of this endeavor is not intended to make the military more “green”, but rather to reduce the military’s dependence on the grid at critical moments, we’re all for the unintentional benefit of renewable energy and reduced carbon footprint! Hoo-Rah!