- The U.S. Army isn't buying solar energy because it's a clean and sustainable resource—they're going solar because it saves lives.
- “There is no supply chain vulnerability, there are no commodity costs and there’s a lower chance of disruption. A fuel tanker can be shot at and blown up. The sun’s rays will still be there,” said Richard Kidd, the Army's deputy assistant secretary of energy security.
- The Army announced plans for $7B in renewable projects in May as it looks to install 1 gigawatt of renewable capacity and get to 25% renewables by 2025.
It's the same old song—utilities are being left out in the cold as customers big and small plug into other power sources. In this case, it's not about being clean but a different sort of energy independence. Simply, the Army doesn't want to rely on a vulnerable system in combat zones (or anywhere, really).
But the move also makes good business sense for the Army. “If our [current] utility costs are increasing 7 to 15% a year, and our starting point for the [new] system is 2% higher than what we’re currently paying and fixed for 20 years, that’s a pretty decent crossing of the curves,” Kidd said.