Nellis U.S. Air Force Base Embraces Solar Power

[USA Today] The largest solar power plant in North America will soon be providing electricity to an Air Force base in the Nevada desert. The military says the plant, scheduled to power up at Nellis Air Force Base by the end of the year, shows that solar energy can effectively meet part of the country’s energy needs. “It allows the Air Force to show its leadership in applying renewable energy and new technology to reduce our needs to use traditional forms of electric power,” says Maj. Don Ohlemacher, operations flight chief and acting commander of the 99th Civil Engineer Squadron at the base. But the project also demonstrates something else: the considerable constraints that continue to limit the viability and growth of solar electric power in the USA.


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