Georgia Power and the Department of the Navy (DON) began construction on a 31-MW AC (44 MW DC) solar power plant on a military base in Georgia.
The Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany project is the fifth large-scale solar project to be built, owned and operated by Georgia Power on Georgia military bases for a total of 166 MW AC. The facility will use 138,000 ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels on 150 acres. The site is expected to come online within a year and be brought online at or below the company’s avoided cost.
“This project will generate solar energy as part of a diverse generation mix, while providing security for the base and a positive economic impact in the local community,” said Kenny Coleman, senior vice president of marketing for Georgia Power. “The projects we are developing on our state’s military bases are great examples of renewable energy growth being driven by collaboration and innovative partnerships.”
In coordination with the Georgia Public Service Commission, thousands of new panels are being installed across Georgia as part of the MCLB Albany and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay projects with the DON; at Forts Gordon, Stewart and Benning with the U.S. Army; and through the competitive Advanced Solar Initiative Prime program.