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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

Ft. Huachuca Takes Advantage of Wind, Solar Power to Reach Net Zero

  • October 24, 2011
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Officials at Fort Huachuca plan to hold a ribbon-cutting next month to celebrate operation of the southeastern Arizona post’s first wind turbine.

The turbine only requires winds of nine miles per hour due to a two-blade design that allows it to work under lower wind sources. The turbine, which is now active, is designed to point itself in the wind and adjust itself as the wind direction changes, according to the Army.

The turbine is just one component toward meeting a goal of becoming a net zero energy installation. The post’s strategy relies on energy conservation and solar power as well.

One conservation effort did not go as planned, however. After installing light-emitting diode light bulbs throughout the installation’s buildings, energy consumption rose as many organizations adopted around-the-clock operations, according to the story.

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