Published on March 14th, 2016 | by Saurabh Mahapatra32
Israeli Military To Replace All Diesel Generators With Solar Panels
March 14th, 2016 by Saurabh Mahapatra
The Israeli Defence Forces are looking to make a significant shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources to meet its energy demand.
According to media reports, the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) plans to replace all its diesel power generators with solar power panels. The reports do not mention any specific timeline for this transition.
While the IDF admits that complete dependence on solar power may not be possible for its continuous operation, it intends to make use of all incentives being offered by the government to contribute towards a general transition of the country towards renewable energy.
A pilot power project started in 2014 examined the use of solar power combined with batteries and generators for backup. The IDF has also ordered installation of solar power panels over a million square feet for powering Israeli Air Force bases.
The Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources Ministry seeks to increase the share of renewable energy in the country’s electricity consumption to 10% by 2020 and 17% by 2030. The Israeli legislature is currently considering a draft renewable energy law that may convert these targets into a government-backed regulation.
Israel is among the growing number of countries whose armed forces are looking to adopt renewable energy technologies to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and contribute towards the national targets to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Multiple arms of the US armed forces have been working on adoption of renewable energy technologies for a long time now. Last year, the Indian armed forces pledged to set up 300 MW of solar power capacity, to contribute towards the country’s target to have 100 GW operational solar power capacity by March 2022.
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