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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:33:09 PM

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE, N.M. (Jan. 17, 2013) -- The U.S. Army dedicated its largest solar photovoltaic system at White Sands Missile Range, Jan. 16, in a ceremony led by Brig. Gen. Gwen Bingham, White Sands commander, joined by Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.

"I came here about four months ago talking about how White Sands is a national treasure and now we can feel proud that we're really on the environmental edge," Bingham said. "It takes passion to do something like this. I'm just excited about the journey that will lie ahead."

Developed in coordination with the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center in Huntsville, Ala., Siemens Government Technologies, Inc., and Bostonia, the over-four-megawatt White Sands Missile
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 11:08:48 PM


Great comments everyone...thanks
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 9:42:06 PM

should be doing more of this
fencemanNY
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 10:14:38 AM

Every building both resi and comm in Arizona,New Mexico,Texas and Florida should be retro fitted to produce electricity from the sun. Lets use our forgein aid dollars from the middle east for it.
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 4:40:11 AM

Great news, thanks.
Palantas
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 2:16:54 AM

USA! USA!
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 1:18:25 AM

nice...
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2013 12:19:03 AM

Interesting ... And surprising.
Carol7777
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:38:14 PM

White Sands is defintely one place solar energy could work. Glad to see government putting money where it's mouth is.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:27:42 PM

this works when your in the middle of a desert and out in the middle of nowhere. Not very good in the northeast or northwest.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:21:30 PM

Very good news!!!!
NHLiveFree
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 10:20:00 PM


Glad you are so interested in our U.S. Army VomVom, but it is no surprise that an oil industry employee and investor is so worried about solar energy. Your routine API misinformation on the subject fails to note the life cycle expense of solar power is exceptional and beats any form of fossil fuel powered energy system. It also takes our Armed Forces out of harm's way in the role of cop of the world to protect Big Oil's investments around the globe, but esp. in the Middle East.

WSMR is a missile test range first and foremost and is also the site for several advanced weapons projects. It is NOT a National Park or Wildlife Refuge. Thankfully, our Army's engineers and technical specialists comprehend the energy requirements here and select the best systems possible to meet this important base and test ranges' power demands.

[Edited by: NHLiveFree at 1/18/2013 10:21:32 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:54:27 PM

A good thing!
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:51:03 PM

A national treasure covered in mirrors.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:48:24 PM

18 years to break even at listed saving.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:27:02 PM

Interesting..
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 9:21:36 PM

Didn't know the Army used solar.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 8:37:55 PM

Solar panels make great targets
TomT2Lee
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:46:20 PM

So burning through huge piles of tax payer dollars to install solar panels is a great thing? More blowing sunshine into dark, dank places.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:41:28 PM

Here is a working, permanent link:

White Sands home to Army's largest solar power system

(LetemEatCake: I used the "Insert Link" link to the left of the text box.)

It's good to see the government making less demand on consumer fuels and tapping renewable energy from a readily available source, which will eventually lower both our fuel cost as well as government spending. Yes, there's a large *initial* investment, and the *initial* costs don't seem cheap per gallon or kilowatt-hour for these alternatives, but more is at stake here than just this year's ROI and bottom line. It's about readiness.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:37:12 PM


Try this link:

http://www.army.mil/article/94412/White_Sands_home_to_Army_s_largest_solar_power_system/
bar1035
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 7:01:16 PM

Bad link - 404 error

And this system comes with a 16.4 trillion dollar debt

http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html
BigTruc
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 6:35:37 PM

I hope they are using the power or selling it.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 6:23:30 PM

watch and see.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 6:11:34 PM

just a huge toilet sucking tax dollars gown it
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:50:14 PM

I think this is a goood thing.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:42:20 PM

THATS GREAT.......
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:17:56 PM

excellent
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:10:36 PM

How long before they are covered by the dunes?
VomVom
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:10:02 PM

Yeah, at $5/kWh. Just like the Navy paying $26/gal for biodiesel.
LostInNY
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 5:07:40 PM

Wow, solar power used as a weapon?
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:46:51 PM

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:46:13 PM

When our president does away with our missiles, we need to do something with these former sites.
LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:36:58 PM


OOOps:

Try this link: http://www.army.mil/article/94412/White_Sands_home_to_Army_s_largest_solar_power_system/
evowner
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2013 4:36:04 PM

Self sufficency of energy is a national security issue. Produce your power from renewable resources.
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