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Tue Jul 17, 2012, 04:35 PM

U.S. Air Force Gets Solar Power from SolarCity, Continues Clean Energy Push

U.S. Air Force Gets Solar Power from SolarCity, Continues Clean Energy Push
JULY 17, 2012 BY TINA CASEY

When the Department of Defense privatized military housing back in the 1990′s, little did it know that those homes would become the platform for the largest residential solar project in American history. Well, they did.

Last November, the solar installer SolarCity announced that it would build about $1 billion in solar projects for military housing under a project it calls SolarStrong, and now the company is following up with a new round of solar installations for the U.S. Air Force in partnership with the global company Lend Lease.

The Solar Powered Force of the Future
Itís no secret that Republican leaders in Congress have tried to monkey-wrench DoDís efforts to transition to solar power and other forms of renewable energy that are cleaner, safer, and more reliable than fossil fuels. However, DoD has been finding ways to work around those obstacles.

The Navy is forging ahead with a $62-million biofuel research and development project under the force of a 1950′s-era law, and DoD has just announced a $420-million public-private partnership to build commercial-scale biorefineries for aviation biofuel and biodiesel.

The Army has topped them all with...

http://cleantechnica.com/2012/07/17/u-s-air-force-gets-solar-power-from-solarcity-continues-clean-energy-push/

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