Interesting New Report on the Use of Solar at Military Bases January 20, 2012 : 4:22 PM

A Department of Defense consultant released a report this week which calculated that installing solar on just nine military bases in the Mojave and Colorado Deserts could generate 7,000 megawatts of power.

"Depending on which yardstick you prefer, that amounts to the output of seven average nuclear plants or six large coal-fired plants. It would also amount to 25 percent of the renewable energy that California will require its utilities to produce by 2015, according to the 13 authors of the report, prepared by the consultancy ICF International."

"The report says that electricity generated annually from such solar installations would be equivalent to two-thirds of what the Department of Defense consumes nationwide each year."

"Perhaps as much to the point, the report also notes that the military could earn as much as $100 million annually from such solar installations, from rental payments to discounts on power. ā€œPrivate developers can tap the solar potential with no capital investment required from the D.O.D.,ā€ it adds."

"What is more, full development of this solar capability would mean avoiding emissions of millions of tons of greenhouse gases and other pollutants, the report said."

Source: New York Times