Atlanta, Georgia [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Sterling Planet, a portfolio company of GreenShift, is supplying the U.S. Air Force, the nation’s largest purchaser of renewable energy, with 530 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of this clean energy source, representing enough electricity to power 51,000 average U.S. homes for a full year. The U.S. Air Force was honored in October 2005 as a recipient of a 2005 Green Power Leadership Award for its commitment to renewable energy. The Air Force is also the largest purchaser of renewable power in the federal government, accounting for 41 percent of all green power purchases by the federal government. The annual awards were presented during the National Green Power Marketing Conference, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy and the Center for Resource Solutions to recognize organizations whose actions help advance the development of the nation’s green power market. Jim Snook, Air Force renewable energy program manager, said the Air Force strategy is to lock in long-term contracts at fixed prices to ensure reasonably priced rates in the future.