Department of Defense

Lease Roof Space to Utility Companies for Solar Power

To reduce utility costs for military installations (costs that run into the millions of dollars per installation annually), the military contracts with local utility companies and leases roof space to the companies for the installation of solar power cells. Utility companies would gain access to large, flat-roofed facilities in prime, protected locations. The utility companies would install and maintain the solar cells and then feed the power generated back into the power grid. In exchange, the military would not receive any of the power generated but have the agreed lease cost applied to annual utility bills, effectively lowering the utility bill and saving costs. Agreements would be between individual installation and local utility companies, so cost savings would vary but the large, secure, flat-roofed facilities common on installation would allow for a large number of cells to be installed and it would therefore be cost effective for utility companies.

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Idea No. 8163