The Fort Custer Training Center near Battle Creek will now be the site of a project that’s intended to study the effectiveness of reliable energy for military purposes.

Electric Light & Power says that Go Electric Inc. of Indiana was awarded Wednesday with a half-million dollar grant from the US Department of Defense to implement a microgrid at Fort Custer, with the company delivering a 400 kW battery for energy storage.

The battery will then be implemented with the base’s current installation of legacy diesel generators and solar panels. The microgrid test is intended to determine how reliable energy can be implemented to serve the energy needs of military installations.

Augusta's Fort Custer is home to the Michigan Army National Guard, and is currently a candidate for a proposed missile defense system to be installed somewhere in the eastern US.

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