09 May '11, 4pm

Marines go green: Portable solar power cuts dangerous convoys in Afghanistan

Marines go green: Portable solar power cuts dangerous convoys in Afghanistan

The Wall Street Journal reports that a company of U.S. Marines in Afghanistan has outfitted their battle gear with solar panels, “replacing hundreds of pounds of spare batteries in their packs with roll-up solar panels the size of placemats to power their battle gear.” The India Company was chosen as the pilot company specifically because it was set to deploy in Sangin, one of the deadliest areas of Afghanistan. Solar power allowed the troops to move “faster and farther than before,” while cutting down on

Full article: http://climateprogress.org/2011/05/09/marines-go-green-so...

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