The Georgia Public Service Commission on Oct. 23 unanimously approved the construction of three solar photovoltaic installations on three Georgia military bases as part of a partnership between Georgia Power and the U.S. Army.
The three bases are Fort Benning, Fort Gordon and Fort Stewart. All three projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016 and will generate up to 30 MW each. The solar installations will provide power to Georgia Power customers but if needed can also generate power exclusively for each base.
“These facilities will further promote the advance of solar energy in Georgia while at the same time meeting the military’s renewable energy goals,” said Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald during a news conference at the State Capitol. Taking part in the announcement was Commissioner Doug Everett, Georgia Power President Paul Bowers and various other involved officials.
Georgia Power filed its plan for these facilities on May 15 as part of its Renewable Action Plan under the 2007 Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). The commission’s order in the 2007 IRP required any projects to be equal to or less than the company’s avoided costs meaning no upward pressure on rates.