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Yokota begins solar panel installation
Yokota Air Base begins to install solar panels across the east side, west side and main base. The panels will save the base roughly $87,000 per year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Michael Washburn/Released)
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Yokota begins solar panel installation

Posted 9/16/2013   Updated 9/19/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Michael Washburn
374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

9/16/2013 - YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- To help reduce the amount of money used toward energy costs, Yokota has begun to install solar panels to houses around the base.

A total of 19 buildings as well as houses on the main base, east and west sides are slated to get the solar panels.

"The main advantage of solar panels is that they reduce the load on the power grid for the base," said Roland Nishimura, 374th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of Japan facilities improvement. "Each panel produces roughly three kilowatts of electricity that's returned to Yokota's power grid."

Those three kilowatts of power can add up.

"The weather and the different seasons will come into play, but these measures will roughly save the base $87,000 per year," said Michael Haka, 374 CES energy manager.

Along with the solar panels, new windows will be installed as well.

"Low-E glass is being installed to help with insulation and heat reflection," Nishimura said. "It prevents heat from entering the building and escaping. It will help reduce the cost of heating and air conditioning."

9/17/2013 1:23:29 AM ET
This is the kind of improvements I like to see.Hopefully the new windows won't only help with heat insulation and reflection but also sound insulation as well... since I don't like to listen to normal-voiced conversations in the parking lot or hear the activities of the neighborhood when I'm trying to sleep.
Frank, Yokota AB
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