After returning to the States in 2006, Padilla says his wartime experiences were part of the reason he put solar panels on his house.

Unlike some of his colleagues, he doesn’t think the United States went to war in the Middle East for oil.

But serving there and seeing the massive amounts of fuel consumed by the military each day, powering everything from tanks to electricity generators, drove home how much oil this country uses.

“It would be naive to think that some of the money we spend doesn’t find its way into the bad guys’ hands,” says Padilla, who saw heavy fighting as an Army medic in the Iraq city of Ramadi. “If I can do my part to cut that down a little bit, then that’s hopefully one less person getting shot at, like I had to go through.”
Padilla isn’t the only veteran switching to solar. A survey by the solar power company SunRun found that 25% of its clients were former military.

No one knows for sure why, but SunRun has a theory:

“’Veterans have a heightened awareness of U.S. dependency on foreign energy as a source of global conflict,” says SunRun spokeswoman Susan Wise. “In their minds, solar is a way to have energy independence in their lives.”

Energy independence wasn’t Padilla’s main motivation, though — it was cost.

Using solar panels has cut his electricity bill down from $200 a month to about $30 — the monthly lease for the panels.

source: tehrantimes

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