Renewable Energy

Date: 07/23/2010 Description: Solar Panels - Renewable Energy - State Dept Image

The Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO) is expanding the U.S. Department of State's use of clean, renewable energy primarily through deployment of photovoltaics (PV).  PV, also called solar power, have become the Department's most common renewable energy technology. To date, OBO has completed 18 PV installations with another 21 in design or construction. When completed in 2020, the Department’s PV systems will total over 12 megawatts of solar power capacity. These systems cut operating costs, and reduce the Department's reliance on fossil fuel-based sources of energy adding resiliency and diversification of our energy resources.  The use of clean energy reduces the Department's overall carbon footprint, improves facility resiliency, and demonstrates that the United States Government is exemplifying "eco-diplomacy".