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Cutting the Light Bill

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickham uses solar energy to power the base

Enough sunlight hits the earth's surface in 1.5 hours to power the entire world's electricity consumption for a year.

So why isn't this renewable energy source being used more?

In 2010, President Obama implemented the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act making money available to do renewable energy projects.

Joint Base Pearl-Harbor Hickham is taking advantage of the program and doing its part to maximize their use of renewable energy.

"Electricity in Hawaii is very expensive because of the need to import oil for fuel costs," said Kathleen Ramirez, Installation Energy Manager.

Solar energy is the most abundant energy resource on earth so by increasing solar energy use it decreases the light bill.

7,000. That's how many solar panels have been installed on the roof of the Navy Exchange and Commissary.

"By installing these solar panels Hawaii reduced petroleum consumption and imported less fuel," said Ramirez.

Doing their part to follow SECNAV's energy initiatives is contributing less to greenhouse gas emissions and saving on transportation fuel costs which saves our environment and saves the Navy money.
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