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COURTESY JAY FREIS Above, almost 400 solar panels were installed on Palmyra, including 126 panels on the “ground mount,” a large concrete slab left over from World War II.
COURTESY GRAEME GALE Located 1,000 miles south of Hawaii, Palmyra Atoll is a scientific research station and national wildlife refuge co-owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. A $1.2 million renewable energy project at Palmyra will reduce its dependence on fossil fuels.
COURTESY CINDY COKER Palmyra’s prototype wind turbine extends 83 feet horizontally with big, green-canvas wind scoops at either end.