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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

In a recent announcement by the U.S. Army, construction will soon begin construction on a solar array that will provide 25 percent of the electricity for the base.

"This will be the largest solar array in the Department of Defense on a military installation," said Katherine Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army for military installations, energy and environment. 

According to a release from Ft. Huachuca, the groundbreaking will take place on April 25, with commercial operations beginning by late 2014. 

"Energy is an installation priority," said Fort Huachuca's commanding general, Major Gen. Robert Ashley, in the release.  "The project goes beyond the megawatts produced.  It reflects our continued commitment to southern Arizona and energy security.  The project will provide reliable access to electricity for daily operations and missions moving forward."

The Fort Huachuca Renewable Energy Project is a joint effort between the U.S. Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Fort Huachuca, The General Services Administration, Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables. 

"The project establishes a new path for an innovative partnering opportunity among the U.S. Army, other federal agencies, private industry and the utility provider," explained Richard Kidd, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability.  "I applaud the significant efforts and teamwork to bring this project to fruition – and set the example for other large scale renewable energy opportunities."

Beyond providing Fort Huachuca electricity options, the project promotes the U.S. Army's energy security objectives.  TEP will fund, own, maintain and operate the project, and contract with E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction. 

For additional information on the U.S. Army's Energy Initiatives Task Force and Fort Huachuca, please visit www.armyeitf.com and http://huachuca-www.army.mil/. 

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