Leverage existing government properties to implement green energy technologies to reduce overall energy costs. For example, large vacant property abutting the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Artesia, NM location could be used to install wind turbines to power the buildings there, reducing overall energy costs of the Center while simultaneously lowering its carbon footprint. The roofs of the building could be ...more »
Don't get me wrong, PV has its place, but it is one of the least efficient conversions of solar energy. Most building HVAC air displacement could be achieved by solar thermal convection. Most buildings hot water needs could be met by solar thermal, and create more energy through savings that could be created by PV in ten times the space. Many buildings could get significant winter heating from trombe walls or similar ...more »
How about installing solar panels on government buildings?
My suggestion is for every federal building to allocate 20%-30% of its rooftop space for solar energy. Solar cells would be tied into the grids of DC electric companies. As electricity is generated, meters would automatically move backwards saving the federal government money, enough to offset the cost of this equipment within 5-years or less (especially on weekends, when little or no staff is present).
I suggest installation of solar panels on all facilities that are suitable, and the utilization of solar panels and geothermal energy on all new government facilities.
I suggest you...install PV windows (lets light in, and generates electricity) instead of regular windows whenever an old window is replaced (renovation) or a new window is purchased (construction). This could be done in Federal buildings as well as mandated for buildings constructed or improved with Federal funds. The cost savings for heating/cooling a building fully outfitted with PV windows is 50%.
Utlize FDC Honolulu's Roof space to add solar panels. This would Greatly reduce the cost of FDC Honolulu's yearly $1.5 million dollar electric bill. Also adding a covered parking lot with solar panels on the the roof of that, would probably eliminate the electric bill entirely. More importantly it would be great for our environment!
I suggest all USDA offices have solar panels.
I work in the IRS Campus in Holtsville, NY. There are about 3000 employees in four attached buildings with flat roofs. If we were to convert to Solar Power, not only would it save millions of dollars and help the environment, it may actually generate revenue because of the vast area exposed to sun. The govt, state and local agengies all have financial incentives including the town of Brookhaven which is eliminating the ...more »
Set up solar panels, and wind farms at all Federal government facilities. Use Natural Gas to generate electricity.
Turn large numbers of exposed roofs on public buildings, such as schools, libraries, etc... into solar energy farms to generate electricity for use in their missions to educate our children and the community, while providing the national grid with any energy produced beyond their requirements.
This concept works in harmony with several national education standards and opportunities for citizen scientist engagement.
I suggest that you partner with GM to expedite the deployment of electrical recharging stations along our Nation's highways. Moreover, you fund solar collector technologies and advanced battery systems that could be intergrated with these electrical stations to lower their dependence on fossil fuels and the current electrical grid.