16 Apr '12, 6am

Afghanistan-bound soldiers to pack solar panels as part of Army green initiative - Stars and Stripes

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — Later this year, two Army brigades will deploy to Afghanistan wth portable solar panels, capable of powering the units’ electrical equipment, the Army announced recently. Under the plan, small dismounted infantry units will carry the solar panels that will allow them to stay in the field for six days, instead of two, before they need to be resupplied, according to Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army (Energy & Sustainability). The panels also can recharge batteries, which means less weight for soldiers in the war zones as well as cost savings, Kidd said. Advertisement “Last year for the first time, the Army spent more than half of its funding for batteries on rechargeable batteries,” he said. “When the war in Afghanistan started, only 2 percent of our batteries were rechargeable.” The move is part of the Army’s initiative to find al...

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