Fort Hood: Lawmaker tours post’s solar farm

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Published: Feb. 22, 2019 at 7:06 PM CST
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State Rep Hugh Shine, R-Temple, took a firsthand look Friday at Fort Hood’s solar farm, accompanied by representatives of Apex Clean Energy and North Leaf Capital.

With a lot of land, heat and sun, Shine says the Lone Star State is perfect for solar farms.

“First you have to overcome some objections people will have…the solar panels will be stretched out in large areas but you know we got a lot of land in Texas” Shine said.

Since 2017, the Phantom Solar facility have provided energy for homes and facilities on post.

Apex Clean Energy has a 30-year contract with Fort Hood to operate the farm.

“It could potentially bring $160 million of savings on energy purchases over the lifetime of the project to Fort Hood while also bringing energy security to the post,” Apex Clean Energy representative Ken Young said.

The savings can be used for other things needed on post.

“This is providing opportunities for that money to be used for training or mission related activities,” Young said.