US Army bases install more solar panels, despite Trump skepticism

The U.S. Army has expanded its investments in solar power despite the current US administration’s skepticism of renewable energy.

Michael McGhee, who leads the U..S Army’s Office of Energy Initiatives, told the Financial Times: “What we are looking at when we see renewables is a self-resupplying power source.”

He went on to explain that installing solar panels at army bases could improve resilience against natural disasters or attacks, as well as providing cost-effective electricity.

“With power grids facing threats from cyber and physical attacks as well as extreme weather, the army is seeking to provide resilient local electricity supplies for more of its bases”, the Financial Times writes.

The U.S. army added around 94MW of capacity from renewables in the fiscal year to 2016, increasing its total by 59 percent.

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