Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, last week signed a 28-year power purchase agreement with Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a hybrid, renewable energy project relying on an onsite solar system at Fort Hood and an offsite wind farm located 350 miles away from the central Texas post.
The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle. The project will begin providing energy to Fort Hood in 2017, according to a news release from Apex.
The firm-fixed price contract for renewable energy is lower than the projected prices for conventional energy and will provide Fort Hood with greater budget stability for electricity over the 28-year delivery period, according to a DLA Energy press release. The project is expected to save the Army up to $168 million over the course of the long-term agreement.
“This project demonstrates that renewable energy can both decrease costs and increase the security and resiliency of our installations,” said Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability.
The deal also includes the purchase of electricity from conventional resources to supplement the renewable energy to ensure Fort Hood’s full electricity demand is satisfied, said Pam Griffith, director of DLA Energy Installation Energy.
A groundbreaking ceremony at Fort Hood is scheduled for Jan. 28.