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US Army Central to Adopt Solar Lighting Systems in Kuwait; Weaver Prosper Comments

solarpowerThe U.S. Army Central received the last batch of 250 solar-powered light systems May 16 following the completion of a nine-month test period, the Army reported Friday.

Sgt. James Bunn writes the service branch tested the solar-based light platforms as part of the Army Central’s Operational Energy Program.

“We currently have 250 solar powered light systems here in Kuwait,” said Chief Warrant Officer 3 Weaver Prosper, manager of the Operational Energy Program at USARCENT.

“The way forward for us is to purchase approximately 1,000 more.”

Prosper noted that USARCENT will now work to replace all diesel-powered light systems on Camp Arifjan in Kuwait with solar-based platforms.

“Our initial analysis of the SPLS indicated that by replacing every diesel powered light system in USARCENT with one powered by renewable energy, we would save approximately $56 million a year,” he added.

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