PHOTO UPDATE: Fort Hood officials cut a ribbon June 2 symbolically turning on the Fort Hood hybrid renewable energy project during a ceremony held in the Phantom Solar Farm on West Fort Hood. The solar field consists of 63,000 solar panels situated on 132 acres of land providing 15 MWs of power. The wind farm in Floyd County, Texas, has 21 turbines providing 50 MWs of power.
DATE: May 31, 2017 2:08:43 PM CDT
FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood, in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives and the Defense Logistics Agency Energy, will hold a large-scale hybrid solar and wind renewable energy project ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. June 2 on West Fort Hood.
This hybrid renewable energy project produces 65 megawatts of alternating current with a projected cost avoidance of more than $100 million in energy costs over the next few decades here.
Richard G. Kidd IV, deputy secretary of the Army (Strategic Integration); Lt. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, III Corps and Fort Hood commander; Air Force Brig. Gen. Martin A. Chapin, Defense Logistics Agency Energy commander; and Mark W. Goodwin, president and chief executive officer, Apex Clean Energy, will attend the ceremony.
This is the Army’s first hybrid renewable energy project that includes both off and on-post power generation. It is also the largest single renewable energy project to date. The on-site solar system provides 15 megawatts of energy and the off-site wind facility provides 50 megawatts.
“This project will help sustain Fort Hood’s vital missions, assure access to an important resource supply, and bolster an already impressive portfolio of alternative and renewable energy projects in the Army,” Kidd said. “But most importantly, this project is a step toward energy security and resiliency, which underwrite the Army’s unique ability to rapidly deploy, employ, and sustain military forces around the globe.”
The Army is committed to partnering with industry on alternative and renewable energy projects that will strengthen energy security and sustainability at our installations and the surrounding communities.
“DLA Energy is a proud team partner with the Army in this large-scale renewable energy project, providing clean and reliable energy from solar, wind and conventional resources to ensure Fort Hood’s energy demands are satisfied for decades to come,” Chapin said.