Fort Hood Renewable Energy Project Enters ServiceDavid Wagman | June 07, 2017
The Fort Hood hybrid renewable energy project entered service in early June. This hybrid renewable energy project has a generating capacity of 65 megawatts (MW) and is intended to provide a projected cost avoidance of $168 million in energy costs over the projects' 28-year lifespan.
The project represents the U.S. military's largest renewable energy procurements to date. The project structure includes creation of a new retail electric provider. ACE Power, a unit of Apex Clean Energy, will deliver the energy through three substations. The design includes microgrid-ready capabilities.
The Phantom Solar Farm on West Fort Hood consists of 63,000 solar panels on 132 acres of land and has a generating capacity of 15 MW. The wind farm in Floyd County, Texas, has 21 turbines with a generating capacity of 50 MW.
This is the Army's first hybrid renewable energy project that includes both off- and on-post power generation.
Fort Hood is the largest active-duty armored post in the U.S. military, with an annual economic impact to the Texas economy of more than $35 billion.
The Army is committed to partnering with industry on alternative and renewable energy projects that will strengthen energy security and sustainability at installations and surrounding communities.