Georgia Power said May 15 that it has just started construction on new solar projects at the Army’s Fort Gordon near Augusta and Fort Stewart near Savannah.
At groundbreaking events at the bases on May 14 and May 15, leadership from the company, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), the U.S. Army, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and the General Services Administration (GSA) gathered with community leaders and others to tour the sites and mark the beginning of development.
Georgia Power and the U.S. Army first announced the “Georgia 3×30” solar project in 2014. The project consists of the development of three 30-MW solar facilities at three separate Army bases throughout the state, with the third being Fort Benning, which got a groundbreaking in April. The projects, each of which may cover more than 200 acres, are scheduled to be completed and begin delivering power to the state’s electric grid by the end of 2016.
“These solar projects support the Army and their mission to not only strengthen local Georgia bases as economic and community engines, but also their efforts to further the development of renewable energy and enhance national security,” said Kenny Coleman, senior vice president of marketing for Georgia Power.
As part of the review and approval of the company’s 2007 Integrated Resource Plan, the Georgia PSC approved the development of three cost-effective renewable projects of up to 30 MW to be owned by Georgia Power. The three projects will be brought online at or below the company’s avoided cost, the amount projected it would cost the company to generate comparable energy from other sources.
Georgia PSC Commissioners Chuck Eaton and Stan Wise attended the events and noted the combined efforts to bring the solar projects to Georgia and keep rates low for customers.
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), one of the nation’s largest generators of electricity.