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While the U.S. government attempts to get the clean energy economy off the ground, the military is quickly emerging as the silent hero leading the charge towards green.
In August, the U.S. military boldly declared that by 2025 it would get 25 percent of its power from renewable, and invest US$7.1 billion in an “Energy Initiatives” project over the next 10 years. This comes after the military has already launched several energy-focused projects aimed at reducing dependence on foreign oil by transitioning to solar energy, biofuels, and decentralized energy generation, such as the Army’s Net Zero pilot program and the Navy’s Great Green Fleet. Here are three reasons the U.S. military has what it takes to successfully spearhead the government’s clean energy agenda: