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Solar power project brought to Redstone

Redstone Arsenal is being pushed into the renewable energy future. (Source: WAFF) Redstone Arsenal is being pushed into the renewable energy future. (Source: WAFF)
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

Redstone Arsenal is being pushed into the renewable energy future.

A solar power project now has the green light after a groundbreaking ceremony Friday morning.

The solar field will be constructed on 66 acres of land on Redstone Arsenal.

The renewable energy facility will generate power to support the Army post and those working on the installation.

The project is expected to produce about 18-megawatt hours, alternating current, on-site solar renewable energy, per year. It will be capable of generating enough energy to power about 1,650 homes per year.

"It's not just a big day in Redstone, it's a big day for Alabama because this represents the third large-scale renewable energy project that the Army has executed in the state of Alabama," said Richard Kidd, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army Energy & Sustainability and a speaker at the ceremony.

One of the reasons that brought this project on was the tornado outbreak of April 2011.

Redstone was completely reliant on power from the Tennessee Valley. This solar project will help the Arsenal have their own source of energy.

It is expected to be operational by December of this year.

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