In a follow up to my last post on 'Solar and national security', I thought I'd share some interesting stats on the use of solar by the US military. The US military is the world's largest consumer of energy and is now looking at solar in a big way. Tanks, trucks, generators, etc. use a lot of energy and unfortunately a lot of soldiers have died transporting fuel from A to B. The Pentagon has now set a goal of providing "50 percent of the power used by the Navy and Marines come from renewable energy sources by 2020". This is a huge shift for the military and one that could change the solar industry.
The war in Afghanistan saw the first marines to use portable solar panels in the battlefield. Additionally there are numerous military bases around the world that are now equipped with solar power. I think as we see a shift towards autonomous military vehicles, perhaps powered by electricity, the role of solar in fighting wars will become ever more important.