Department of Defense
The first solar panels ever installed, were photo-voltaic solar panels mounted on military satellites and blasted into space from Cape Kennedy, Florida during the 'Space Race' of the 1960's.
According to a news release from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), Office of Installations and the Environment, the agency’s enormous landholdings in the Mojave and Colorado deserts of California, across four military installations, hold enough suitable space to generate 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy.
SunPower Corporation stocks were up over 5% Wednesday afternoon following the company's announcement that it had begun construction on a utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) project in California.
As a result of the December 31 presidential signing of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA; H.R. 1540), the Department of Defense, or DOD, is prohibited from funding any LEED Platinum or Gold certification of new buildings for the current fiscal year, unless it submits notification of intent 30 days before the money is allocated.
The Department of Energy (DOE) has made back to back announcements that combined will support the solar sector with loan guarantees that total nearly $500 million.
Solazyme Inc., a South San Francisco, California company that produces non-food-based biofuel, green oils and clean chemicals, last month secured US$52 million in strategic financing.
The Obama Administration has been ramping up various federal government departments’ commitment to renewable energy.
You might assume that the Energy, Interior, and Agriculture departments would be going green, but you might not associate the Department of Defense (DOD) with sustainability.