22 Jun '16, 11pm

A Fort @DetrickUSAG solar panel array is a fraction of #USArmy's renewable energy capacity

A Fort @DetrickUSAG solar panel array is a fraction of #USArmy's renewable energy capacity

FORT DETRICK, Md. (Army News Service) -- A 59,994-panel solar array, spread over 67 acres of Army land that's been leased to a private developer, provides 15 megawatts of electricity, or 12 percent of the power used by this central-Maryland Army base. Fort Detrick, about 50 miles west of Baltimore, is a center for strategic medical research and communications in support of the national defense, said the garrison commander, Col. Robert A. O'Brien IV. At a small ceremony here, June 17, O'Brien, along with Army, DOD, federal government, and private industry officials, provided remarks and cut a ribbon to commemorate the opening of the solar array, which took a little over a year to build, and which is expected to provide nearly $3 million in cost avoidance over the duration of the 25-year electricity purchase agreement the Army has with the project's private developer and own...

Full article: https://www.army.mil/article/170027

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