Saturday, February 04, 2012

Ministry of defence studies solar energy potential desert bases

Saturday, February 04, 2012

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) could 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy on four military bases located in the Californian desert, according to a study of DOD generate. The one-year study, published on 13 January, saw seven military bases in California and Nevada. Found that although most of the area unsuitable for solar big enough are development due to the military use and other factors, the appropriate locations, to generate understanding more than 30 times of electricity consumption by the California. That would equal approximately 25% of renewable energy, requires California utilities to use by 2015.

The study comes concluded that 25,000 hectares are suitable for solar suitable development and a further 100,000 hectares for solar. According to the study, which followed base (24.327 ha), Edwards air force at the most economical areas on the Fort Irwin (18.728 ha), China Lake (6.777) and Twentynine palms (553 acres) found. Finally, the study finds that private developers can tap the potential of solar to these plants with class investments of DOD, and that the development of income or other benefits like discount could bring the Federal Government up to $100 million a year.

DOD seeks to develop solar, wind, to reduce geothermal power and other distributed energy sources on its basis, their electric bill $4 billion per year and its dependence on the commercial power grid. This in place energy production, together with energy storage and so-called smart Microgrid technology allows to maintain a military base, its critical operations "off-grid" for weeks or months, if the grid have been interrupted. See press release DOD.

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