Fort Bliss lands solar deal; largest in U.S. militaryFort Bliss lands solar deal; largest in U.S. militaryhttps://www.recenter.tamu.edu/news/newstalk-texas/?Item=8032015-06-09T07:18:00Z2015-06-09T00:00:00Z

FORT BLISS - The U.S. Army has given approval to start work on a solar farm in El Paso that will be the largest renewable energy project in the U.S. military.

Fort Bliss is providing the land — 200 acres of empty desert beyond the easternmost edge of the city.

El Paso Electric is building the $46 million solar farm.

If state regulators approve the project, the utility expects to have the 20-megawatt solar farm finished and plugged into the grid by November 2016. 

The project is a big step for Fort Bliss’s ambitious goal of becoming energy self-sufficient, generating as much energy from renewable energy sources on post as it consumes.

The solar farm will provide power across the city, producing enough electricity to power 7,600 homes.

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