US military bases could host 7GW of solar, says DoD study

US military bases in California’s Mojave Desert could host 7GW of economically viable solar power, even after eliminating 96% of their land area to account for conflicts with military uses, environmental concerns and other factors.

A study, commissioned by the Department of Defense (DoD) environmental research programmes and carried out by ICF International, says the power-production potential is equal to 25% of California’s 2015 utility renewable-energy requirement.

The DoD, the largest US energy consumer with a $4bn annual bill, has become a leading advocate for and consumer of renewable energy as it looks to mitigate security risks associated with fossil fuels and centralised, grid-connected electricity generation.

Renewable generation on bases, coupled with smart microgrids and storage “would allow a military base to maintain its Log in to read complete article.

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