Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Army commissioned a new microgrid system Tuesday at Fort Bliss, Texas, which the company built to help the branch integrate renewable sources and save energy.
The company won a contract last year to install the 120-kilowatt solar array, utility grid interconnection, 300-kilowatt energy storage and onsite backup and control systems, Lockheed said Thursday.
Jim Gribschaw, Lockheed energy programs director, said the company designed the grid to help government and commercial organizations utilize microgrid technologies for wider applications.
“Microgrids are the key to an energy efficient and secure future for sites such as defense installations, hospitals, universities, commercial businesses and industrial sites,” he added.
Lockheed designed the microgrid under the Pentagon’s Environmental Security Technology Certification Program,
“This microgrid supports Fort Bliss’ environmental campaign plan, aimed at reducing our carbon footprint,” said Maj. Joe Buccino, Fort Bliss spokesperson.
The company finished the Air Force’s integrated smart BEAR power system and the Army’s hybrid intelligent power microgrid system.