There are a lot of reasons the military has invested in alternate energy. They can reduce the amount of weight they have to carry significantly when energy can be created by something other than heavy oil and gasoline. In Afghanistan, by using hybrid generators (partly solar powered), insulating tent liners and LED powered lights, a patrol load can be reduced by nearly 700 pounds. It saves a lot of money as well. There is further research being performed to look in to alternate fuels for Navy ships and planes which could make a gigantic difference not only in the environmental footprint of the military, but could significantly lower defense costs every year. The military, especially the Marines, are famous for their innovative thinking, and their focus on streamlining their evergy use is no different.
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