Friday, September 4, 2009

Fort Dix is Going Green

Fort Dix is Going Green

President Barack Obama is keen on green. He would like to see more energy efficiency in all aspects of American life. Now, he can drive onto Fort Dix, New Jersey, and see the government in the action of going green.

Two buildings on post are now solar powered. At a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday morning the installation commander Col. Patrick J. Slowey and Maj. Gen. William Monk III, commanding general of the 99th Regional Support Command, revealed the panels. U.S. Rep. John Adler, D-3rd of Cherry Hill; Jean Fox, president of the state Board of Public Utilities; and representatives from Honeywell International who installed the panels were also present.

The panels will help Fort Dix meet the Energy Policy Act of 2005. It requires at least 7.5 percent of annual energy consumption at federal facilities come from a renewable source by 2013.

The solar panels are part of an ambitious $17.6 million project to decrease Fort Dix energy consumption by nearly 10 percent and water usage by more than 5 percent.
Converting the two buildings, the Army Reserve 99th Regional Support Command Headquarters and the post's Strategic Deployment Site Building will have the same effect of removing 3,200 automobiles from the road or powering 75 homes, reducing greenhouse gasses by 33 million pounds per year.

The temperature-controlled equipment storage warehouse now has the addition of solar panels on the roof. The panels will power the buildings with excess power being redistributed to the grid.

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