June 16, 2017
Fort Hood, one of the country’s largest military installations, is committing to buying nearly half of its power from renewable energy sources. Fort Hood, in Killeen, TX, will start receiving up to 65 megawatts (mw) of electricity from wind and solar projects. The energy will be enough to power 13,000 homes, for more than 10% less than what the installation was paying before.
Additionally, the rates have been locked in for 30 years. Brian Dosa, Fort Hood’s Director of Public Works, told the San Antonio Express News that the base will pay less than a nickel per kilowatt hour for the renewable energy. It costs Fort Hood between 5.5 cents and 6-cents per kilowatt hour to buy electricity from the grid.
Fort Hood officials estimate it will save more than $100 million in energy costs over the life of the contracts with Apex Clean Energy, which owns and operates the solar and wind installations.
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