why is this project being built? There are only two possibilities that seem logically possible.
First, the United States Government may have decided there is a real need to pursue renewable energy on a large scale. The USA's refusal to sign the Kyoto Protocol or make any serious Federal initiatives to reduce Carbon emissions combined with their continued military involvement in the oil rich Middle East seem to deny this as a plausible explanation.
Secondly, it is possible that the US Government has realized there is an immediate need to power its military bases at least in part with a secure energy source that will not be depleted. The fact that the Nellis Airforce base will be consuming 25% less fossil fuel energy and is therefore less reliant on it will not go unnoticed. Perhaps that extra fuel oil that will no longer be required for electricity production will be used to power fuel hungry military vehicles.
Whether this is a genuine renewable energy push by the US or another move to support its military dominance in the face of receding oil supplies is yet to be seen. If it is an expression of a change of direction for the US in terms of energy production we will see a massive Federal push to power the nation on renewable resources such as solar and wind power. If more military bases are powered at least in part by renewable energy then it will be clear that this is nothing more than a strategic plan to maximize the USA's fighting capacity.
Roger Vanderlely. Details about this and other large Solar Power projects is available at www.green-planet-solar-energy.com
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