Pentagon To Get Rooftop Solar Panels In Clean Energy Drive

Via Solar Daily, a report on plans to put rooftop solar panels on the Pentagon:

Solar panels will be installed on the roof of the Pentagon as part of a push for clean energy at federal facilities, the US Department of Energy said Wednesday.

The Pentagon is slated for upgrades including “rooftop solar panels, a heat-recovery heat pump system, and solar thermal panels to reduce reliance on natural gas and fuel oil combustion systems,” the Department of Energy said in a statement.

The changes are part of clean energy projects at 31 facilities belonging to departments including Commerce, Defense, Energy, Interior and Transportation, it said.

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks said in the statement that the Pentagon is working to make “our installations more resilient, better securing our critical infrastructure, and saving money — a win for warfighters and taxpayers alike.”

Climate change poses various security challenges for the United States, with storms having already caused billions of dollars in damage to US bases, while more frequent disasters are increasing demands on troops and more extreme environmental conditions may require changes to training and equipment.

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Educated at Yale University (Bachelor of Arts - History) and Harvard (Master in Public Policy - International Development), Monty Simus has held a lifelong interest in environmental and conservation issues, primarily as they relate to freshwater scarcity, renewable energy, and national park policy. Working from a water-scarce base in Las Vegas with his wife and son, he is the founder of Water Politics, an organization dedicated to the identification and analysis of geopolitical water issues arising from the world’s growing and vast water deficits, and is also a co-founder of SmartMarkets, an eco-preneurial venture that applies web 2.0 technology and online social networking innovations to motivate energy & water conservation. He previously worked for an independent power producer in Central Asia; co-authored an article appearing in the Summer 2010 issue of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, titled: “The Water Ethic: The Inexorable Birth Of A Certain Alienable Right”; and authored an article appearing in the inaugural issue of Johns Hopkins University's Global Water Magazine in July 2010 titled: “H2Own: The Water Ethic and an Equitable Market for the Exchange of Individual Water Efficiency Credits.”