The Department of Defense (DOD) installations alone, including, barracks, offices, and hospitals, energy bills come in around $4 billion each year. Given this large footprint as well as the importance of safe, secure, and affordable energy sources to mission readiness, the Department has made one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by developing a goal to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy – including solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal – on Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025 – enough to power 750,000 homes.
A new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association underscores the progress that DOD is making towards its goals.
“Enlisting the Sun: Powering the U.S. Military with Solar Energy” highlights solar energy’s growing role in powering military installations and military homes across America. According to the report, as of early 2013, there are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems powering Navy, Army, and Air Force bases in at least 31 states and the District of Columbia. Combined, these installations provide enough clean energy to power more than 20,000 American homes.
According to the White House, in his first term, President Obama made the largest investment in clean energy in our history, which enabled the United States to double its use of renewable energy from wind, solar, and geothermal sources, and create tens of thousands of jobs across the country. During the same period, the cost of solar modules has fallen by more than 400%, helping the solar industry achieve its best year in the United States in 2012.
According to Sahit Muja, a President and CEO from New York and global energy expert,U.S. has a huge wind power, solar, biomass, and geothermal potential because of its large territory. The potential of offshore wind power in the United States to generate electricity is at least four times as great as the nation’s total electric generating capacity.
Albanian Minerals President and CEO Sahit Muja said “The US energy independence is very achievable when you factor in all sources; petroleum, shale oil, natural gas, methane hydrates, coal, solar, wind, hydropower, tides, nuclear power, bio-diesel and geothermal heat”.
Mr. Muja said, U.S. has enormous natural gas deposits of 2,543 trillion cubic feet. At the current rates of use of 24 trillion cubic feet per year in 2012 that’s enough for more than 100 years.
The United States has the largest known deposits of oil shale in the world, according to the Bureau of Land Management and holds an estimated 2.175 trillion barrels of potentially recoverable oil.
The United States has world’s largest coal reserves 238.3 billion at least a 250-year supply of coal.The United States has 30% of all the world’s coal reserves.
By. Diana Green
New York News