America’s Military Investing Billions in Green Energy

America’s military is spending billions of dollars to go green. These investments include more mainstream solar projects from companies like SolarCity and SunPower as well as some projects that are still in the development phase.

Jun 22, 2014 at 9:00AM

Army Go Green

Photo credit: Flickr/U.S. Army Environmental Command 

America's Department of Defense has set a bold goal to generate a quarter of its power from renewable energy sources by 2025. That bold goal has the military targeting the installation of solar panels from the likes of SolarCity (NASDAQ:SCTY) and SunPower (NASDAQ:SPWR) on military bases across the country. However, solar is just one of the renewable technologies the military is investing in as it's also pursuing wind, geothermal and biomass technologies.

While most of these technologies are still emerging energy platforms, each is starting to become rather mainstream. That can't be said for some of the other innovative ideas the military is pursuing as it invests to become a lean, mean and green fighting force.

The following slideshow details some of the innovative energy projects that the military is investing in these days. It walks through some of the projects that Solar City and SunPower are working on for the military as well as some of the more unique ideas the military is pursing and why it matters.

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A Financial Plan on an Index Card

Keeping it simple.

Aug 7, 2015 at 11:26AM

Two years ago, University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack wrote his entire financial plan on an index card.

It blew up. People loved the idea. Financial advice is often intentionally complicated. Obscurity lets advisors charge higher fees. But the most important parts are painfully simple. Here's how Pollack put it:

The card came out of chat I had regarding what I view as the financial industry's basic dilemma: The best investment advice fits on an index card. A commenter asked for the actual index card. Although I was originally speaking in metaphor, I grabbed a pen and one of my daughter's note cards, scribbled this out in maybe three minutes, snapped a picture with my iPhone, and the rest was history.

More advisors and investors caught onto the idea and started writing their own financial plans on a single index card.

I love the exercise, because it makes you think about what's important and forces you to be succinct.

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Everything else is details. 

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