As a pilot site in the Army's net zero initiative, Fort Hunter Liggett in California is home to a solar microgrid project, pictured above. The first of four phases of the project was completed in April 2012 and generates one megawatt of electricity, enough to power 250 to 300 homes. Phase two is scheduled for completion this month. The project aims to increase the energy security of the base by producing all of its required electricity, making it independent of the macro-grid system.
In other solar news, a Maryland inventor claims that his recent patent of a flat panel “Solar Trap” will dramatically reduce the cost of generating electricity from solar energy and upend the global energy market.
Photo: Courtesy John Prettyman and the U.S. Army.