20 Mar '12, 2pm

A Wealth of Opportunity on Desert Land | Renewable Energy News

A Wealth of Opportunity on Desert Land | Renewable Energy News

A new year-long study by consultancy ICF International puts a new number on the DoD's renewable energy prospects: 7 gigawatts (GW) of solar energy could be put on seven military bases in California's Mojave and Colorado deserts, and could potentially generate $100 million a year in revenue or discounted power pricing or other "in-kind" considerations. Report's Key Findings: Out of nine military bases studied (seven in California, two in Nevada), just four percent of their surface area (about 125,000 acres) is technically feasible and financially viable for solar development, due to conflicts with military activities like live-fire weapons training, concerns over endangered species, flash flood hazards and other factors. The 7 GW of solar capacity is more than 30 times the electricity consumed by the California bases, and enough to offset two-thirds of the DoD's current nat...

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