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General Services Administration

Who needs a roof when you have a solar roof?

When designing new government buildings, make the roof out of solar panels with no underlying roof. Doubling the roofing doubles the materials and labor costs while adding unnecessary weight. If the roof is an integrated solar panel, you would not need to have a roof underneath. the solar panels could either be for electricity or for hot water. Additionally, designing the solar collector to also manage rainwater into... more »

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Department of Energy

Solar Airfield Lighting

Replace airfield lighting systems with individual unit solar powered LEDs. Already utilized by several ICAO locations. Initial buy-in costs would be recuperated in approximately 10 years time depending on the variable costs of established airfield maintenance and energy. No real estate needed for solar farm, each unit generates and stores power. Airfields are typically largest power drain on installation facilities.... more »

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Department of Energy

Mandatory Solar in Southwest.

OK, this one is specific.

Establish a regulation and/or pass a law that requires every new home/building and/or roofing project in the Southwestern United States to install full spectrum Solar Panels (on said roof) with the minimum capability to provide 110% of the estimated power output of the building. This cost could be written into the cost of building the home/building and offset by the homeowner not having any... more »

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Department of Homeland Security

Solar Power and Eco-friendly facilites and equipment

We could save millions of dollars in costs just by building better facilities and improving existing facilities and equipment to be more eco-friendly. Currently the El Paso Border Patrol station is an example of the improvements that can be made in this area by using eco-friendly materials as well as solar power which currently supplies almost 20 % of the stations power needs. By utilizing solar power for facilities... more »

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Department of Defense

Recharging Alkaline Batteries is Possible using Solar

I suggest you try and recycle alkaline batteries using the following method. My husband did this at home quite by accident, and it works fantastically for AA alkaline batteries. We have found that we can recharge and recycle alkaline batteries by putting them into our solar outdoor lighting systems instead of the expensive "solar" batteries. I guess the trickle charge is low enough and long enough to perform the job.... more »

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Department of Justice

SOLAR DAYS: TURN OFF THE LIGHTS

Turn Off the Lights! This is a very simple principle. Savings would be evident even if we opted to assign one day each week as a "Solar" only day. Frankly, we can use sunlight to accomplish our many tasks throughout the day. So in addition to energy efficient lighting, we can definitely go the extra mile to simply turn off the lights. Now, doesn't "Solar Mondays" have a nice ring to it? Preferably, we should turn off... more »

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Department of the Treasury

Use Solar and Wind Energy At Large Posts of Duty

Use wind and solar energy generation as much as possible in large campuses. It should be possible to set up at least one windmill in each large post of duty where there are more than 800 employees. Solar panels can be placed on lawns or rooftops. Don't try to provide for all the electrical usage, but rather try to replace as much conventionally generated electricity as possible with wind or solar-sourced energy at the... more »

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Department of Transportation

Solar Street Lights

I think that if every streetlight on federal highways, roads and installations should run primarily on a solar cell that charges by day and can run for 14 hours, per charge. Then, there would be no need to have them on the power grid, which will limit the amount of energy constraints on the system. This will lower the cost of production of energy and help distribute it to other places.

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Department of Energy

Shining a Light on Energy Production

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.

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Department of the Treasury

Solar Power

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 »

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