Georgia Power downsizes Marine Corps solar project; shifts capacity to the Army

Georgia Power told the Georgia Public Service Commission in a Nov. 19 update that due to land use constraints, it is cutting the size of a planned solar project on the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany, Ga., from 46 MW (ac) down to 31 MW (ac).

The commission had approved this project at the larger size in a July 29 final order, after a July 21 verbal approval. Since the commission has said this capacity needs to be sited at a military base, the decision to downsize at the Marine Corps base leaves a spare 15 MW (ac) available for another military site, the Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) subsidiary noted. The utility said it has identified the Fort Stewart Army Base as a potential site for this 15 MW.

Georgia Power said in the Nov. 19 update that it will supply commission staff with the easement agreement it is working out with the Army for the Fort Stewart site.

The Marine Corps project stems from the commission’s 2014 decision to re-allocate 46 MW of capacity from the abandoned Plant Mitchell coal-to-biomass conversion project to military self-build projects.

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