Skip to comments.Solar energy upgrade boosts efficiency
Posted on 06/08/2012 2:38:15 PM PDT by moonshot925
6/8/2012 - NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. (AFNS) -- The 99th Air Base Wing headquarters building here is adding solar panels in an effort to make the building more energy efficient.
Nellis Air Force Base is in the process of starting and completing eight separate projects to make Nellis AFB, Creech AFB and the Nevada Test and Training Range more energy efficient.
"A while back, a major command-wide energy audit came to Nellis," said Lynn Haarklau, the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of asset options. "They decided that one option to increase energy efficiency use on base was to install solar panel arrays on key buildings."
Beginning in 2003, Nellis AFB has had to reduce its energy consumption by three percent annually to meet Air Force policy targets, officials said. If the base continues its trend of meeting this goal, the base will reach the ultimate goal of cumulatively reducing energy use by 30 percent as of fiscal year 2015.
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That's one way to prop up and bail out his failing green companies.
They will NOT be more efficient until they hit the break even point. How long will it take to generate electricity whose values finally exceeds the cost of the panels and their installation?
They are using military money to pump up Obama’s energy companies.
I think they should use solar to power Air Force One.
Maybe the USAF should be concentrating on mission preparedness and not this environmental BS...
if the price of solar panels has dropped like a stone, why hasn’t the consumer, either in industry or homeowners seen lower prices of an installed product? It happens in other “high tech” products like TV and computers - why not solar?
On military bases in Nevada just send the young airmen out once a month to clean the panels for peak efficiency. My gut still says it's a waste of money, but in some cases it might work out OK.
One problem solar has is competing with the plunging price of nat gas.
I’m getting nat gas bills here in Indiana that are lower than any in my recent memory.
I’ve changed stove, water heater, and clothes dryer from electric to nat gas and my electric bill is way down too.
I’m retired and don’t drive that many miles but if I was driving like the old days (20,000 mi plus / yr) I’d take a strong look at a nat gas car also.
“Beginning in 2003, Nellis AFB has had to reduce its energy consumption by three percent annually to meet Air Force policy targets, officials said.”
Even when he was is the state senate in 2003, Obama was working to push a socialist green agenda and destroy or military by forcing solar panels on the USAF.
With more than 500 years of cheap energy stored in our ground, which can be produced to the benefit of the nation in terms of employment and national independence, we keep on screwing around with windmills and solar cells.
Stupidity seems to be an American invention.
What stupidity. What’s the AF gonna do - drop solar panels onto the bad guys?
The money should be spent on more F-22s
What’s the life expectancy of one of these solar panels??? They do deteriorate in the sun, don’t they???