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US Army base installs 3000 solar PV panels

The US Army’s base at Fort Hood in Texas, USA, has seen the installation and activation of a 684 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system at the base’s Liberty Village Military Housing.

By Kari Williamson

The 4-acre ground-mount solar PV system consisting of 3000 SCHOTT Solar PV panels, is expected to generate around 1 GWh of energy annually – which is roughly 20% of the energy consumed in the 300 homes at Universal Services Fort Hood's (USFH) Liberty Village. USFH financed the US$3 million dollar project, and will own, operate and maintain the solar PV system.

Garrison Commander Col. Mark Freitag, says: "Generating solar energy at military housing is a win for our soldiers, for Fort Hood, and for our larger community. We are committed to bringing renewable energy to the base and leading in the Army’s challenge for Net Zero energy."

Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) firm Axium Solar executed the four-month project to install the solar PV system.

The Department of Defense objective is to use 25% renewable energy to power its installations by 2025.

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