27 Dec '12, 3pm

Solar power lights up Southwest Asia - Air Force Link

-- Air Force leaders are continually looking for means to do things leaner and cleaner, even in deployed locations. It probably goes unnoticed by most people here, but solar-powered light carts are paving the road to an environmentally friendlier future in Southwest Asia. These new light carts save the Air Force time and money while helping to maintain a cleaner environment than the diesel light carts still in use on the installation. The difference in the two light carts is the operating cost. Operating costs for the solar-light cart are minimal. The fuel comes from the sun collected by solar panels and wind power to operate the turbines. The fuel, maintenance and operational cost of a diesel-powered light cart is approximately $12,000 per year, according to Curt Williams, the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron environmental program manager. The payback period fo...

Full article: http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123331090

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