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USA: Army to Invest $7.1bn in Clean Energy Through Private Sector

I was pleased to see the British army investing in beekeeping as an alternative to opium farming in Afghanistan. But that spending pales into insignificance compared to the money the US military is planning to plow into clean energy in coming decades. Brian already wrote about the potential for the military to bring solar to the masses, Matthew talked about $3.6bn in stimulus money that would be used to green the military, and now the army has launched a dedicated clean energy task force that will invest as much as $7.1bn in the next 10 years in renewables through the private sector.

Business Green reports that the newly formed Energy Initiatives Office (EIO) Task Force is charged with finding private sector partners to reach ambitious clean energy goals. With a target already identified of using renewables for a quarter of its energy needs by 2025, the army is acutely aware that it needs to invest in large-scale power projects, and it needs the help of the private sector to do so. The move could have huge strategic, economic and ecological impact, as Business Green explains


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