First Hybrid Renewable Project Comes Online, Provides Energy Security to U.S. Army

June 5, 2017

Power Engineering reports that a hybrid wind-solar energy project is now delivering power to Fort Hood near Killeen, Texas. Wind power from the 50.4-megawatt Cotton Plains Wind project and solar power from the 15.4-megawatt Phantom Solar facility comprise the first hybrid renewable project to serve the U.S. Army. The system is microgrid-ready, which offers energy security in the form of grid independence as necessary. In a Reuters interview, Fort Hood spokesman Chris Haug said, "We need to be autonomous. If the unfortunate thing happened and we were under attack or someone attacked our power grid, you'd certainly want Fort Hood to be able to respond."