The US Army Garrison (USAG) Fort Hunter Liggett in Jolon, Calif., held a groundbreaking ceremony in May to begin the installation of their new electrical distribution microgrid system. The $21.6 M microgrid project will make USAG Fort Hunter Liggett the first US Army installation to achieve 100% net zero energy use for critical power loads. The microgrid will interconnect loads served by new and existing generation sources with control capabilities and the ability to operate autonomously. USAG Fort Hunter Liggett will have the capability to generate and distribute electricity independently from the grid for at least 14 continuous days.
Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS), a Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), renewable energy company based out of Charleston, SC has been awarded a contract to install the new 3.75 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) system, the 5 MWh battery energy storage and provide the associated electrical system upgrades to complete the microgrid system. The completed microgrid system will integrate these new microgrid components along with the existing solar PV and battery storage at the base.
“USAG Fort Hunter Liggett is a leader among US Army installations in setting its critical facility energy resilience goal by 2022. We are proud to have been selected for the construction of the microgrid system.” said COL (R) Dave McNeil, CEO of HSGS.
The USAG Fort Hunter Liggett is the US Army Reserve’s largest training installation at 165,000 acres with training opportunities for both the US military and allied nations. The installation is a leader among US Army installations in striving to reach federal renewable energy goals. The new microgrid system will improve energy security while achieving the US Army Directive’s critical mission resiliency and achieving net zero energy use at USAG Fort Hunter Liggett by 2022.
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