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The U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is going green with the installation of a solar array to power a new facility for (recreational) aquatics activities.
File this one under “irony.” A newly erected (recreational) aquatics center at the U.S. military base at Guantanamo Bay will soon be powered by a large solar array.
TerraSmart, a Florida based solar racking engineering design and manufacturing company, is supplying 1,100 panels for the 300kW array, which will occupy the site of an old soccer field. Installation begins in mid-June, the company says.
“We're very excited to be working on this project to save the United States government money,” said Brent Franks, Executive Vice President of TerraSmart. He suggested that the military was attracted to its integrated solution from ground mounts to panels.
The U.S. armed forces have made the adoption of renewable energy technologies a strategic priority. Last month, Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn said that reducing the military’s dependence on fossil fuel sources is correlated with its ability to project power overseas.
Some of its recent projects have included pilot projects to use biofuel blends in Air Force fighter jets, hybrid Army blimps, and an entire Marine Corps unit is now functioning entirely on solar power.
TerraSmart is a likely beneficiary of a defense appropriations bill passed in January that stipulated that the military buy American made solar technologies.
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May 13, 2011
Cut him some slack for making it go green. It was a tough fight just to get the money from Congress for the panels. Give the guy a break.
The unicorn announcement was under embargo... They haven't quite figured out how to get them to fly over the rainbows yet.
America is now involved in it's third war in an Islamist country. We are actively engaged in one of them to assassinate its President. We just entered a fourth country to carry out a deadly raid based on intelligence gathered from murderous terrorists held in Gitmo. The same Gitmo that Progressive blogs like this one pressured our President to close. Our government is going bankrupt with deficit spending for everything from wars to green corporate welfare. But don't worry. Be happy. Gitmo is green and soon Gitmo's Jihadists will be riding unicorns over rainbows.
... establish totalitarian regimes and abuse the people and do nothing about it? Of course, it's not your mother wearing a burka. Allow Khadafi kill whoever he wants, it's not our problem, after all. Let's do nothing, just sit back and enjoy the show.