Army and sustainability?
Using those two words in the same sentence several years ago would have probably been considered the punch line to a joke.
But today, a military base that is both environmentally friendly and meets the needs of warfighters, is quickly becoming a reality.
Fort Hunter Liggett, with nearly 162,000 acres of forest, mountains and rivers, is located in Monterey County, Calif., and is one of several U.S. Army pilot installations selected to be net zero energy and net zero waste by 2020.
This means the installation will create as much energy as it uses, and reuse and recover all of its waste products.
“The net zero initiative is going to provide energy security for this installation and it’s also a priority for the Army,” said Col. Donna Williams, garrison commander for Fort Hunter Liggett.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is leading the way in managing construction on major energy projects at Fort Hunter Liggett and is nearing completion on the second phase of four solar microgrids.
“Phase one of the solar project was completed last year and it’s generating one megawatt of power. Phase two is going to add another one megawatt of power,” said Bob Roy, project engineer with the Corps’ Sacramento District.
One megawatt is enough energy to power up to 300 homes.