Army Plans Largest Solar Array on a U.S. Military Installation
The U.S. Army announced on April 14 plans to start development of a nearly 20-megawatt solar array that will provide about 25% of the annual electricity requirement of Fort Huachuca, south of Tucson, Arizona. The project will be the largest solar array in the Department of Defense on a military installation.
Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain, and operate the more than 75,000 modules. Commercial operations are expected to begin in late 2014. The U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force is working to deploy one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025. The task force is currently pursuing projects in Alabama, California, Hawaii, Maryland, and New York. See the Army news release.