HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M — Team Holloman recently joined a part of an initiative to increase energy efficiency and use of renewable resources with the installation of solar panels throughout the base's privatized housing communities.
Solar City is contracted to complete the 18-month project, which is expected to be finished by late 2014.The project will decrease the amount of normal energy costs for all of the 1,100 homes using a blended bill type.
Homes to receive solar panels will be selected based on the amount of sun they receive, condition of the roof and location of surrounding trees.
According to the United States Department of Energy, solar energy is a completely renewable resource. This means that even when we cannot make use of the sun's power because of nighttime or cloudy days, we can always rely on the sun showing up the very next day as a constant and consistent power source.
The Department of Defense has signed Renewable Energy Partnership Plan, which outlines the departments' roles and responsibilities under this agreement, and how they will work together to carry out the initiative. A goal of the partnership is to harness solar, wind, geothermal and biomass renewable energy resources on or near DoD installations across the country.
The initial costs to upgrading the energy source for the base are expected to be minuscule in comparison to the long-term savings for our budget-constrained Air Force.