Over the next 30 years, the U.S. army is aiming to buy solar, wind, geothermal, biomass and other alternative fuels to the tune of $7 billion dollars. Here is the draft proposal in which they are looking for 99 large-scale renewable projects. This is all part of a plan to have renewable energy at or next to various military facilities and have the installations produce more energy than they consume. This move follows a number of recent policy changes in which the armed forces have put more emphasis on going green. Various military branches are all doing something in the space, with the Air Force Academy announcing a couple years ago that they were aiming to soon become energy independent.
The Army Corps of Engineers’ Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., will be managing the procurement. There is also the 7th Annual Military Energy Alternatives Conference running from March 6-8 in Washington DC.