Fort Bliss to build biggest solar farm in military

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm •  Published: April 5, 2013

The final cost will be determined after proposals are submitted to the utility.

BJ Tomlinson, Fort Bliss' renewable energy & sustainable engineering program manager, said it would roughly cost $120 million.

The contract says the Army agrees to buy the solar farm's electricity for 26 years once it becomes operational.

Pittard also said there are plans to build a 10 to 30 megawatt waste-to-energy plant in the future so part of El Paso's waste could be converted into electrical power.

"We have irreversible momentum, the seeds have been planted," Pittard said regarding Fort Bliss' drive toward being energy self-sufficient.