The goal of the program is to make U.S. military bases more secure in terms of power supply while also lowering costs and increasing energy efficiency. Under the agreement, Boeing will supply system technologies and Siemens will supply microgrid management solutions.
No word on how much the deal is worth, but according to the release the DOD is the biggest energy consuming branch of the federal government, which could mean millions of dollars over the next few years. Boeing is traditionally seen manufacturing airplanes, but both companies have highlighted broader business of late, especially Siemens, which is heavily involved in wind power production.
A move towards smart grid and smart meter technology for the U.S. military will hopefully aid in the DOD trying to become more energy efficient, which includes incorporating renewable resources like solar power.