In recent years the DoD have set aggressive renewable energy targets in response to the increased risk on energy security, rising energy costs and the need for clean energy generation. On average the DoD spend $20 billion on energy and consume over 5 billion gallons of oil per year.
The goal of the DoD is to produce 25% of the overall electricity consumption across the Army, Navy, USMC, and USAF from renewable energy sources by 2025. In order to reach these targets they have increasingly turned to solar as it has proved a successful alternative for many of their energy intensive activities.
There are more than 130 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) energy systems powering Navy, Army and Air Force bases in at least 31 states. In addition to helping power military bases across the country, the military also deploy solar abroad as many of the remote locations require off grid power. Solar reduces demand for traditional generators at these remote locations while also limiting the necessity of undertaking dangerous fuel resupply missions that put members at risk.