Recently, the Solar Energy Industry Association’s website provided a brief summary of an article detailing the efforts of the United States Military to bring Solar Energy Plants to their bases. The summary was based off an article completed by Lee Peterson, from CohnReznick’s National Renewable Energy Practice. Peterson regularly writes about solar financing for military-based projects.
According to the summary, the meeting of these two subjects is not surprising, as some of the first projects endeavored by the military were utility scale solar PV projects, based both in Arizona and Georgia. This shows an understanding by the military that utility scale solar power is a necessary and a permanent stage in the overall development of solar energy in the electric utility sector.
To further this display of understanding, the Department of Defense, otherwise known as the DOD, has declared that it wishes to significantly increase the instillation and number of renewable energy projects underway on military bases over the course of the next decade. This shows great promise and faith in the solar energy industry, as well as an understanding that these type of projects show progress towards a smart strategy with a priority set to looking forward to the future. Specifically, projects such as these show a desire for diversified energy sources and supplies for our nation.
Unfortunately, complications can arise between the meeting of solar energy and federal bases. Often disputes as to who can and is able to build the plants arise, as allowing utility companies to build on federal property can sometimes be a complicated process. Financing, in general, is a problem, as federal clean energy projects take longer to finance and longer to build.