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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Army Turns on Solar Project at Ft. Hood Neighborhood

  • March 28, 2012
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Officials from Fort Hood, Texas, and its Liberty Village neighborhood celebrated the activation Tuesday of a 3,000-panel solar field that is expected to generate 1 million kilowatt hours of energy annually, or about 20 percent of the electricity needed to power the neighborhood’s 300 single-family homes.

Universal Services Fort Hood financed the $3 million project that will offset power bills from the post’s directorate of public works. The developer operated the Section 801 housing project at Liberty Village for 20 years before it was converted to the Army’s Residential Communities Initiative in 2008.

The developer approached the Army with plans for the solar field one year ago. The Army secured the four-acre site for the project, which Universal Services Fort Hood will operate, reported CBSDFW.com.

“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,” Garrison Commander Col. Mark Freitag said in a written statement.

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