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Photo Friday: Want to keep cool in the African desert? Try an ARMY-issued solar shade

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On top of this solar shade at the sun-baked Camp Lemonier in Djibouti sit 72 solar panels that absorb sunlight to produce two kilowatts of power daily.

Photo Credit: Photo by Rich Bartell, U.S. Army Africa Public Affairs (2011) and found using Creative Commons.

Melissa C. Lott About the Author: An engineer and researcher who works at the intersection of energy, environment, technology, and policy. Follow on Twitter @mclott.

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  1. 1. eurotimbr 12:49 am 09/23/2013

    Instead of 2 kilowatts daily, perhaps that should be 2 kilowatt hours daily?

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