09 Apr '11, 1pm

Fire Departments Gear Up for Solar Energy Future

Fire Departments Gear Up for Solar Energy Future

Department of Homeland Security report (pdf) recently identified fire stations as being among the many public facilities that are good candidates for community solar power installations. The report also cited solar power’s usefulness in remote rural locations, including parklands. This goes not only for firefighting-related buildings but for vehicles as well. Solar powered fire trucks are also coming into use, for example in California and Kansas. Aside from saving money on diesel fuel, solar power enables trucks to stay in the field longer between refueling, and it enables computers and other onboard equipment to keep running without idling the engine.

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/04/09/fire-departments-gear...

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