US Navy utilises solar power

27 Sep 2010
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US Navy utilises solar power

The US Navy has become one of the biggest producers of renewable energy in the States after installing a solar power facility.

Funding from US president Barack Obama's stimulus package has been used at the project, which is being run by Stronghold, its third renewable energy development for the US Navy.

A solar parking lot at Seal Beach in California will produce 190KW of power, which is claimed to be enough for 14 households, reports the Guardian.

"The project is the latest in a series of high profile moves from the US Navy, which has seen the force emerge as one of the leading pioneers of renewable energy in the country," it commented.

Plans are already in the pipeline for the US Navy to generate half of its power needs through renewable energy by 2020.

The US Navy currently has around 330,000 active personnel, with almost 300 ships able to be used in battle should the need arise. 

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