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U.S. Army Bases Are Installing More Solar Panels

By Koty Neelis

Renewable energy has helped communities everywhere from American Indian tribes in Nebraska to islands in the Caribbean find relief with wind and solar power in areas impacted by the limitations of traditional energy grids. One area installing solar panels that might seem unlikely: U.S. army bases.

The Department of Defense, the largest U.S. government agency, aims to convert their operations to rely on renewable energy. The choice to go "green" isn't one inspired by environmental concern for climate change, according to Reuters, but instead is about saving lives.

In combat zones, solar power helps reduce the need for easily attacked convoys to deliver diesel fuel to generators at U.S. bases. Mobile units powered by clean energy allow soldiers to make their way silently when going through enemy territory.