Green Machine

Air Force officials last week signed four memoranda of understanding with the governor of New Mexico to pursue renewable energy projects that would yield up to 245 megawatts of power in the state for use at Cannon, Holloman, and Kirtland Air Force Bases. New Mexico state agencies and the cities of Alamogordo, Albuquerque, and Clovis will work with the Air Force on new clean energy projects, the service said in a release on July 25. The agreements deal with: USAF’s intention to purchase green power in the state; a solar power initiative for Holloman; the creation of a plant to utilize New Mexico’s abundant dairy waste; and a wind power project. Bill Anderson, USAF’s energy czar, said these agreements are the first of their kind between the service and a state. The Air Force is already the largest purchaser of renewable energy in the federal government, buying nearly 900 million kilowatt hours of green power annually. Already it operates the nation’s largest solar photovoltaic system at Nellis AFB, Nev.