The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) has selected Third Sun Solar as the only Ohio small business “to be eligible to bid on solar energy infrastructure projects at American military bases,” according to The Athens News. Third Sun Solar is now allowed to bid on “specific contracts for the Department of Defense for solar installations for bases in the U.S. and abroad,” according to the article. The nonprofit Pew Charitable Trusts organization reports that “[t]he U.S. military needs safe, secure, reliable, and affordable energy to operate facilities on an uninterrupted basis. To meet essential power requirements, defense leaders have initiated far-reaching steps to harness advanced technologies capable of conserving energy, enabling on-site production from renewable sources, and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.” Gerald Kelly, communications director at Third Sun Solar, said in the Athens News article, “[t]he Department of Defense is very interested in energy security. For example, an Army base that sits on a civilian grid, they want to be able to function even if the civilian grid isn’t functioning.” For more, read the full Athens News article and The Pew Charitable Trusts report.