The Army has started using a fast-evolving technology known as Flexible Photovoltaics, a solar-powered tent structure that convert light energy into electricity. Each Power Shade shelter, pictured above, can generate up to 2 kilowatts of electricity from solar power. “They are ideal for charging up batteries, making sure your (communications), night vision goggles and computers are powered up. You don’t want a generator on top of a mountain, and you don’t want to have to bring fuel to a generator or haul batteries,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. Not only are they able to reduce their load by not having to move as much, but the new solar equipment is light weight, incredibly durable, easy to move and quieter than a generator.
Just like the Army, Boston Green Building also use solar energy and we feature employ a 4kw PV solar panel array on the roof of our eco-friendly office building, which powers our millwork shop and office equipment.