Solar power as alternative energySince forty percent of America’s energy consumption comes from oil, many can agree that there is no immediate solution out of oil dependence in the United States. We rely heavily on oil in our transportation sector with trains, planes, boats, and vehicles depending on gasoline and diesel fuel exclusively. Our dependency in oil is followed by our dependency in coal and gas as they are primarily used to produce electricity. Oil, coil and natural gas are called fossil fuels. Fossil fuels are non-renewable because they take millions of years to form, and reserves are being depleted much faster than they are made. The production of these fuels raise environmental concerns because carbon dioxide is released into the atmosphere leading to long-term climate changes (global warming). An alternative energy solution called solar power is now on the rise. There are multiple benefits associated with solar energy and many in the private and public sector are taking the lead towards lower costs and self-sustainability.Solar energy is considered the greenest and cleanest renewable source of power. The largest solar thermal power plant is located in California and they use various techniques to concentrate the sun’s energy as a heat source. The heat is used to boil water to drive a steam turbine that generates electricity in a similar matter as coil does. This inexhaustible fuel source is pollution and noise free and always renewable with 173,000 terawatts striking the earth continuously.The U.S Department of Defense (DOD) is the world’s largest energy consumer ands they have committed to meet twenty five percent of its needs from renewable sources such as solar power by the year 2025. Because of their ability to transform markets through its procurement power alone (paved the way for public internet access 20 years ago); they often adopt technologies that find their way into civilian lives. Solar energy has proven an effective and reliable energy source. The military has utilized portable solar arrays to power “fixed-site” locations, many of which are very remote and depend on off-grid power. Solar reduces demand for traditional generators at these discreet locations and, in turn, limits the need for costly and dangerous fuel resupply missions that put personnel at risk. The United States Navy has installed more solar power than any other branch of service. U.S. Naval Station Mayport was recently recognized for its self-sustainability and greener energy solutions. Saving money and becoming self-sufficient are the two most common reasons people turn to solar power. The federal government offers attractive incentives to private and public individuals who install solar powers. Many of these incentives, which are directly related to greener energy solutions come in the form of tax credits which are intended to reduce start-up costs and increase profitability and technology. Additionally; if they produce more power than they require, their utilities may actually pay them for it at a fluctuating wholesale rate. For cash-strapped homeowner, this can turn into a significant source of revenue.