☷New renewable energy projects at USAG Stuttgart
U.S. Army ( By Press Release office)
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Solar panels are found on 20 buildings around the garrison - including these on top of the DPW building on Kelley Barracks . STUTTGART , Germany - - It’s not just your own home energy bills that are rising: rising costs are affecting all of society . Have you ever spared a thought for your workplace and its budgets Probably not , right But these mega consumers of energy are working on lowering energy costs every day . Perhaps we can all take a leaf out of their book . Using renewable energy is one way employers like the garrison are reducing not only the financial uncertainty of fluctuating prices , but also their reliance on external energy sources . Renewable energy , though , comes at its own cost . The next time you are walking around USAG Stuttgart , look up and you will notice black square panels bolted somewhat unceremoniously on top of many buildings . While not in keeping with the 1940’s style aesthetics , these photovoltaic panels are the future of energy - solar panels turning light into electricity and helping the garrison generate its own power . Even though these panels adorn more than 20 USAG Stuttgart buildings , they generate just 0 . 43% of the garrison ' s total power . The rest comes from a local energy supplier . Renewable energy makes up 65% of all electricity used by the garrison; 21% comes from coal , 3 . 8% through natural gas and 8 . 9% through nuclear energy , according to statistics provided by the Directorate of Public Works . “Generating more electricity through sustainable means is something that the garrison hopes - and is targeted to continuously improve , ” said Dominik Lee Barlow , USAG Stuttgart energy manager . Barlow is responsible for developing projects that save energy , such as the recently approved solar roof panel that is soon to be installed on top of stairwell housing buildings on Kelley Barracks . Dominik Lee Barlow USAG Stuttgart Energy Manager sits at his desk . “In the Kelley Barracks housing area , we have eight buildings and every building will receive a solar power system on its roof , ' ' Barlow said . “It is hoped that these panels could supply up to 30% of the electrical energy consumed in these homes . ” Projects to reduce energy consumption on Kelley Barracks are not limited to electricity , Barlow said , as the heating system will also be replaced with a much more efficient system to reduce heating costs for the building . As the garrison generates more sustainable energy , some people might wish to use some of that energy to charge their vehicles . Projects to install electric car charging ports are also an Installation Management Command ( IMCOM ) initiative , with at least four charging spots anticipated for each installation by 2025 . “Sustainable energy projects come at an initial cost to the garrison , but the initial financial outlay for energy initiatives like solar panels must be recovered within seven years through energy savings , ” said USAG Stuttgart Garrison Commander Col . Matt Ziglar . “While we might not always see all of the benefits immediately , we pursue these projects to ensure that the future of our energy consumption is greener , cheaper and more sustainable for future generations . ” While IMCOM invests millions of dollars in large scale projects to reduce costs and emissions , including initiatives such as low energy bulbs in all apartments , lower flow water tanks for toilets and showers , you can also help lower your consumption and reduce energy bills while doing your part for the planet . Simple things like closing doors , turning off lights , turning radiators off when windows are open means you can do your part in saving the environment .
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