Post Solar Projects Save Money, Conserve Energy

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The solar thermal roof at Gaffney Fitness Center, installed by American Solar Inc., a company based in Annandale, Va., is made of conventional metal roofing and insulation to keep the building cooler in summer and warmer in winter and to provide heat and hot water for the facility. (Photo courtesy of American Solar Inc.)

To comply with federal, DoD and Army regulations, the Directorate of Public Works’ energy group has applied for funding to install high-efficiency, solid-state lighting on the outside walls of garrison buildings.

 The group also recently completed two solar energy projects that comply with military regulations to explore opportunities for solar hot water heating and solar lighting.

Three weeks ago, the energy group submitted a proposal to the Installation Management Command to apply for funding from “shovel-ready” money from the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act to fund the installation of high-efficiency, solid-state lighting on the exterior of garrison buildings.