Fort Bliss 20 MW solar power project could be ready by 2015

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A 20 MW solar farm at the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss in Texas could be complete by 2015, according to a report from the El Paso Times.

The project, which will use around 94,000 solar panels, is being called the Army’s largest renewable energy product, according to the Times. Construction for the project could begin by early 2014 and be complete by December 2015.

The $120 million project will be financed, designed, built, owned and operated by a developer that will be selected by El Paso Electric (NYSE: EE) through a competitive process, according to the report. El Paso Electric and the Army are still finalizing the process, which includes issuing a request for proposals, signing a land lease agreement and establishing a power purchase agreement.

The 20 MW of power produced by the installation would represent about 14 percent of the post’s energy use, the report states. The project would power Fort Bliss’s headquarters and much of East Fort Bliss and would be located on a 200 acre parcel of land.

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