Fort Huachuca Getting Military's Largest Solar Array

April 25, 2014

(Photo courtesy of U.S. Army)
Fort Huachuca, Arizona

An Army base in southern Arizona is getting the largest solar array of any U.S. military installation.

The federal government is teaming with Tucson Electric Power and developer E.ON Climate and Renewables to build the solar array at Fort Huachuca, near Sierra Vista.

The project is aimed at helping the Army reach its renewable energy and energy security goals.

The solar array is expected to have a capacity of about 18 megawatts when it comes online later this year. That’s enough power to satisfy one-quarter of the base’s energy needs and is the equivalent of the annual electric needs of about 3,100 homes.

Tucson Electric Power will fund, own, maintain and operate the solar array, and contract with E.ON for the design, engineering, procurement and construction. 

Fort Huachuca is home to several Army intelligence and communications units.