Fort Hood goes solar

Friday, March 30, 2012 @ 09:03 AM
posted by rene5432

One of the biggest supporters of renewable electricity in the U.S. has actually proven to be the Department of Defense, which has made ambitious plans to switch to green energy. As part of that program, Fort Hood north of Austin has added a massive new solar power installations, according to The Austin American-Statesman.

Fort Hood is the largest U.S. military base and hosts more than 50,000 people who make use of plenty of electricity.

Now the new 3,000-panel solar installation will provide around 600 kilowatts of renewable electricity, supplying roughly one-fifth of all the residents' energy needs.

Because the company that manages the base, Universal Services Fort Hood, can guarantee steady demand over the coming years, it was able to add the new power plant without needing to raise electricity rates at all. The whole project will be funded by Universal Services' lower electricity bills over the next two decades.

"We are planting a seed here that will put us on a glide path to show other Department of Defense installations how to do it," Brigadier General Joseph DiSalvo, Fort Hood's deputy commander, told the Statesman. "Getting this put together in the span of 12 months is incredible."

According to the Solar Energy Industries Association, Texas has seen major growth in solar power over the past year, more than doubling the size of new installations from 2010 to 2011.

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