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Air Force Begins to Embrace Solar Energy

Airmen and their families in the Soaring Heights community at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico will be seeing an influx of solar paneling adorning their rooftops soon enough. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, 58 percent of the military’s renewable energy will consist of solar energy by the year 2017. In fact, the Air Force alone announced plans to generate one gigawatt of alternative energy by 2016 and hopes to have enough energy to supply 25 percent of all installation electricity use by 2025.

Officially titled SolarStrong, the Air Force plans to use this project at Holloman Base and others to power nearly 120,000 military homes within five years throughout the United States. According to senior director of communications at SolarCity, the company that that is lined up to run the Holloman project, “Our goal here is to generate cost-saving measures for the base, to create jobs and to help the military reduce its dependence on fossil fuels while securing more energy resources.”

Military personnel and family members in more than 600 homes at Holloman Air Force Base will find that the switch to solar power will reduce their energy consumption by 20 percent. With the success that Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada has already seen with solar energy, there are high expectations for the SolarStrong project at Holloman and future bases throughout the country.