Fort Hood Pushing Renewables

fort_hoodThe U.S. Army is experimenting at Fort Hood, TX, on ways to increase the use of renewable energy resources, according to

The story says that in January ground was broken on a massive solar farm that eventually will accommodate 63,000 solar panels on 132 acres, which is about the size of 100 football fields.

The story says that the goal of the project – and an investment in an outside wind farm, is to reduce its $1.3 billion annual energy bill. The two initiatives will cost about $100 million but will save about $168 million over thirty years. The two sources will account for almost half the power used on the base, the story says.

Fort Hood last month signed what Renewable Energy World said it is biggest power purchase agreement (PPA) to date. The contract with Apex Clean Energy will provide 65 MW of solar and wind to Fort Hood. It is unclear if that deal is the one referred to in the MyStatesman story.

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