In a move that’s widely seen as a further proof of the armed services’ commitment to develop renewable sources, the United States Army has recently announced the creation of Energy Initiatives Office Task Force. The new command will be responsible for the building of renewable energy power plants in U.S. military bases across the world, working closely with renewable energy developers and manufacturers.
Over the past years, the Pentagon has shown a willingness to adopt and develop new technologies in their quest for alternative sources of energy. The drive to use clean energy sources – from solar power kits for units in the battle field to solar power arrays in military bases – has benefited the military as these innovations have not only reduced operating costs but human casualties as well, as in the case in Afghanistan where fuel convoys regularly come under enemy fire.
With a 10-year budget of $7.1 billion, the new Task Force will become operational by September 15th this year and is expected to be critical in the Army’s objective of sourcing 25 percent of its energy requirements from renewables by 2025. It is estimated that each project that the task force undertakes will be 10 MW in size but no details as to the exact type of clean energy system will be used and in which military base, have been given.