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The Military is Going Green

WOAI -- FORT BLISS, Texas (AP) - A West Texas military base says it plans to have the largest solar energy farm in the U.S. military.Fort Bliss commander Gen. Dana Pittard said Friday the 20-megawatt solar farm is expected to provide about a third of the base's electric needs. The farm will join two other solar projects that have a combined output of 14.8 megawatts.Construction on the project, being built by El Paso Electric, will begin next year and should be completed by the end of 2015. It's the first time the Army has partnered with a local utility on a renewable energy project of this size.Pittard says the project is part of an effort that will allow Fort Bliss to produce all of its energy by 2018.


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Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:43:11 AM

Since the project will allow Bliss to produce ALL of its energy by 2018...... are the naysayers fighting because it could be energy self-sufficient... or close to it....
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:41:28 AM

Humble has always seemed to be not-so penny-wise .... and definitely TON-foolish...
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:40:26 AM

And the more military installations use solar..... including passive ... SAVES money in the long run...
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:37:33 AM

Solar and passive solar are smart ways to go.....
Gnusman53
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2013 3:35:36 AM

Seems Humble and HawaiianGuy are still held prisoner by the dark side (grin)
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Message Posted: Apr 9, 2013 5:57:40 AM

With no trees and a big area next to the tank tracks, that's ideal for solar. Go for it!
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:54:50 PM

Good!
JerryJoeUC
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 4:19:03 AM

Plenty of sun out there.
dave27johnson
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 3:51:05 AM

Good news.
pleinyeux
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:19:30 AM

yes for Green
mabrams184
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:15:27 AM

"One of our engineers calculated that the payback for this alternative energy was somewhere north of 300 years." That engineer either misplaced the decimal point or used highly bloated cost estimates.
veemotors
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:10:06 AM

camo is green
silverfox63
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:09:42 AM

They will never be green.
livedream
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:09:06 AM

This will be a huge savings in the long run.
Good move.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:08:59 AM

Good job.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:08:42 AM

Good.
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Message Posted: Apr 7, 2013 12:08:15 AM

Whatever!!!
HawaiianGuy
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 5:04:15 PM

Oh, they'll achieve it, alright....Regardless of what it costs. Out where I work, our management wanted to show the Dept. of Energy how "green" they were by installing solar panels to completely run the building. One of our engineers calculated that the payback for this alternative energy was somewhere north of 300 years. Makes perfect economic sense, right? And THAT, is why this country will never dig itself out of the hole it has created.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 3:06:23 PM

these should be the first cuts in military spending
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 3:05:00 PM

Let the sunshine in and make it work brightly.

The future so bright, gotta wear shades.

Sun-sational!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:33:41 PM

Your tax dollars at work.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:32:25 PM

Solar farms are needed at all Western US bases.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:19:16 PM

Hooray!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:18:51 PM

The net cost will far exceed responsible spending.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:17:34 PM

Good.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:17:33 PM

great, more jobs
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:17:21 PM

This would be a great target to meet sequestration.
hosspuller
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:16:10 PM

another waste of tax dollars. Solar electric does not pay for itself when compared to utility rates. Sure if you just want to spend millions of dollars the energy is cheap... but those millions are diverted from better use.
Grumpy0521
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:15:44 PM

Good way to get money from the goverment, green eh!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:14:44 PM

never work
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:14:01 PM

Thanks for the information.
Gascan1980
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:11:00 PM

And what are they going to do at night??
Gas_Eyes
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:10:27 PM

Will it pay off?
chuckl95453
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:05:50 PM

Aren't solar panels only about 13% efficient?
wmderrick
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:04:08 PM

O goody!
bearzz
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:02:43 PM

Meh, there are many instances where entities provide their own power at a savings; I hope this is one.
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 1:00:14 PM

If it will save money in the long run, go for it.
Ron77095
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:58:26 PM

What?
GasOnTheRun2013
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:57:59 PM

howmuch money will we the ppl save
Gary65
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:55:10 PM

Sounds good, how about TESLA and free energy concept?
GManCo
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:55:06 PM

And the cost to the taxpayers is . . .
BigDartMike
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:54:13 PM

Duh, Army been green for decades...
flydudemi
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:53:28 PM

great
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:53:24 PM

about time what have they been waiting for???
Arnsaks
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:25:40 PM

We all should be going green. If it's good enough for the military, it should be good enough for all
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:16:53 PM

Good for them.
tomok
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:07:13 PM

The Military is Going Green? Military 'Green' means taxpayer money being used. The military has been going green for many years now with electrical power and biofuel. The farther south the base or green production site is, the better for solar panel electrical production.
For non military installations, install Solar Panels and/or Wind Turbines on the roofs of malls, warehouses, Walmart, Costco, USPS, UPS, airports and many other roofs that are not normally considered as an electrical generating area. Produce the electricity locally, not buying off the grid, with less tranmission 'problems' to get the electricity to where it is needed. A site survey for each installation to make sure the area considered is reasonable for the cost of installation and local conditions are good for electrical production.
Drive vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:02:06 PM

Everbody contibutes
CAD69
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:01:32 PM

We need more of this!
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 12:00:28 PM

Sounds good.
leemun
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Message Posted: Apr 6, 2013 11:44:18 AM

A farm growing solar panels may be a more productive than growing sagebrush and lizards.
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