Georgia Power plans 46-MW solar project at Marine Corps base

Georgia Power notified the Georgia Public Service Commission in a May 13 letter that it plans to build a 46-MW solar project at the Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany.

This plan relates to an abandoned Georgia Power project to convert a coal unit at the Mitchell power plant to burn biomass. The utility basically has a 46-MW increment of renewable capacity authorization left over from that project, which is devoted to a project or projects at military bases, and now wants to use all of it for this solar project at the Marine Corps base.

The utiility said this new project is just as cost-effective as planned solar projects at three U.S. Army bases and the Kings Bay U.S. Navy base. Georgia Power said it has entered into a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Navy, acting on behalf of the Marine Corps, for the Albany project, which will further a Marine Corps goal of renewable energy development.

The Georgia PSC in December 2014 approved the Kings Bay project, at a size of up to 30 MW (ac).

Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), announced on May 15 the start of construction on two of the three projects at the U.S. Army bases (Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning). The Fort Benning groundbreaking was in April. Each of those three projects is 30 MW (ac) in size.

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