Defense Department sets 25% renewable goal

The U.S. Department of Defense has set an ambitious goal of 3 GW of renewable energy, which it says is one of the largest commitments to renewable energy in history.

The military is making the commitment to include solar, wind, biomass, and geothermal on Army, Navy, and Air Force installations by 2025. The government has set a goal to reach 25% of all its energy needs from renewable sources by 2025.

President Obama said during the State of the Union address to develop 1 GW of renewable energy on Navy installations by 2020.  The Air Force has a goal of obtaining 1 GW by 2016 and the Army goal of obtaining 1 GW by 2025 to support the broader Defense Department goal to meet 25% of its energy needs with renewable energy by 2025.

To meet these goals, the Department said it will leverage private sector financing through power purchase agreements, enhanced use leasing, utility energy savings contracts, and energy savings performance contracts. 

Last month, the Defense Department released its Operational Energy Strategy Implementation Plan to “transform the way” it uses energy. “Renewable energy is critical to making our bases more energy-secure,” said the White House in a statement. “Together with emerging microgrid and storage technologies, reliable, local sources of renewable power will increase the energy security of our nation’s military installations. By doing so, the DOD is better able to carry out its mission to defend the nation.”