A groundbreaking took place Thursday at Fort Hood in Texas on what is the Army’s largest single renewable energy project to date.
The project stems from a 28-year agreement between Apex Clean Energy, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and Fort Hood.
Apex is collaborating with two service-disabled veteran-owned small businesses to develop the hybrid project, which will feature an on-site solar farm with about 63,000 panels and an off-site wind farm with 20 wind turbines. Together, the facilities will produce about 65.8 MW of clean energy.
In 2015, the Army’s energy bill was upwards of $1.3 billion. The 15.4-MW Phantom Solar Facility at Fort Hood and 50.4-MW Cotton Plains Wind Farm in Floyd County are expected to save the Army $168 million in electricity costs over the next three decades.