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As the sun comes up over the 380th Air Expeditionary Wing, the cost of energy goes down and that’s because of the ongoing installation of solar lights.
Mr. Williams Soundbite: “Solar lights uses the source of uh energy from the sun, uh photovoltaic uh cells, which are the solar panels, and it converts the sunlight basically into uh electrical energy. And then the solar lights specifically, there’s uh batteries that store that energy and when the lights are on at night then it uses that source of energy that was produced during the day time.”
Electricians from the 380th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron are installing twenty-six solar powered street lights across the base. The lights will no longer rely on the host nation power grid.
MSgt Field Soundbite: “So what the guys are doing, is they’re installing solar powered street lights, we’re primarily using them on the running track area, and the the purpose of them is to uh take power off of the the host nation power grid, uh due to the fact uh that is kind of uh a thank you in respect to them giving us free power.”
In addition to building positive relations with international partners, the installations are saving manpower and money.
Mr. Williams Soundbite: “The light heads them self have a longer life expectancy. You don’t have to change out the lights as often. They can go from five to ten years as opposed to a regular street light that’s on grid power they’ve got to be changed every twelve to eighteen months. There’s a minimizing in the time consumption for changing but also minimizing the cost for the light itself.”
(Electrician #1: Good?)
(Electrician #2: Yeah, they’re tight.)
(Electrician #1: Okay, I’m going to let this loose.)
The installation of these solar street lights saves the base 133 thousand dollars a year and proves that every day is a chance to harness the suns energy.
Reporting from Southwest Asia, I’m Technical Sergeant Colleen Urban.
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