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Army Gets $7 Billion for ‘Green’ Projects

Tuesday, 07 Aug 2012 05:56 PM

By Todd Beamon

The White House said on Tuesday that U.S. Army will have $7 billion to spend with green energy firms to increase its use of renewable energy.

The Obama administration said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was seeking proposals for locally-generated biomass, geothermal, solar, or wind energy projects lasting up to 30 years, The Hill reports.

The announcement comes amid a broader White House push to green the armed forces. Republicans have argued that such efforts waste taxpayer dollars, The Hill reports.

With the proposals, the Defense Department is aiming for renewable sources to account for 25 percent of its energy by 2025, with the Army working towards getting 1 gigawatt of power from green sources by that year, The Hill reports.

Earlier Tuesday, the administration revealed it would fast-track seven solar and wind electricity projects on federal lands and also held a news conference celebrating the completion of the first wind farm on federal lands in Nevada.

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