Military power: America’s Defence Department to add renewables to the Pentagon

Solar panels placed at an air force base in Utah (Cynthia Griggs/Hill Air Force Base/US Department of Defence)
The US Department of Defence has announced plans to add renewable energy sources to the Pentagon. The building, the world’s second largest office, will be fitted with solar panels and a ground-source heat pump, and its heating, ventilation will be made more sustainable.

The $10m project is intended to ensure the Pentagon’s energy resilience in the face of potential attacks on the US’ energy infrastructure.

The $10m project is one of 31 to receive $104m from the Department of Energy to aid energy conservation at federal facilities, including army, navy, air force and marine corps buildings in the US and abroad.

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy defence secretary, said: “We have a moral obligation to the people that defend our nation, to their families and to the American people, to provide modern and efficient facilities. The Department of Defence manages one of the nation’s largest real property portfolios

“These investments in energy resilience are entirely aligned with our military needs. The department’s focus on resilience enables us to secure our critical infrastructure and capabilities and mitigates risk to our forces.”

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