When these troops get caught transporting the volatile source of fuel along vulnerable supply lines, a few well-placed bullets would cause an explosion that would not only kill or injure a large number of soldiers escorting the power source, but waste all of the fuel in a fire that cannot be extinguished.
On the other hand, NATO experts point out that a crew transporting solar panels in the same manner may lose a few panels due to ricochet or misfire, but the bulk of their source is still in tact and functioning when it arrives at its final destination.
“Along with deploying solar, wind and biomass for power generation at permanent bases, the U.S. Department of Defense is using smaller-scale renewables like solar-powered battery chargers to cut weight and enhance the mobility of its troops, according to Mark Wright, a spokesman for the department in Washington” (renewableenergyworld.com).
Starting shortly, NATO soldiers will begin testing the practicality of using renewables in the field of combat: “NATO soldiers will conduct war-game scenarios that simulate power cuts, flooded roads and diesel and water contamination using three airdrops of “smart energy” equipment at the camp in June, according to a NATO presentation provided to Bloomberg” (renewableenergyworld.com).
Assuming all goes well with the upcoming tests, militaries purchasing large quantities of renewables will become an enormous marketing demographic to renewable producers and lead to development in new technology. Investments will flow into this field assuming military technologies can operate on renewables and demand for renewables will soar.