Strata Solar readies for construction start on two projects for Alabama Power

Strata Solar said Nov. 10 that it will soon begin installation of the first utility-scale solar projects for Alabama Power at the Anniston Army Depot and Fort Rucker Army Base.

The Alabama Public Service Commission on Nov. 3 gave its approval for Alabama Power to build a 10.6-MW (ac) solar facility at Anniston Army Depot and a 10.6 MW (ac) solar facility at Fort Rucker. Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO), awarded Strata Solar the engineering, procurement and construction contract for these projects. Installation is set to begin in the first quarter of 2016.

“We are thrilled to be providing these high-quality solar projects to Alabama Power that together will put both the Anniston Army Depot and Fort Rucker Army Base closer to their energy independence goals,” said Markus Wilhelm, Strata Solar chief executive officer.

Strata Solar has engineered, procured and constructed utility-scale projects in numerous southeastern states, but this occasion marks the first solar projects of this size for Alabama Power.

These are the first projects that the PSC had approved under Alabama Power’s Renewable Generation Certificate (RGC) program. Under the RGC, Alabama Power can secure up to 500 MW of renewable generation over the next six years. These projects can be self-build, built by others, or be covered by purchase-power contracts. The projects must be reviewed by the PSC and the state Attorney General’s office and voted on by the PSC. Alabama Power has said it intends to issue an open request for proposals sometime next year for more renewables under this program.

Strata Solar is a national leader in utility-scale solar energy systems and installations. Strata’s unique, low impact, standardized approach to solar farm creation is supported through its vertical divisions which offer complete turnkey services for the design, construction and installation of utility and commercial photovoltaic systems. Strata also offers a full array of development, engineering, procurement, construction, operation and maintenance services to companies interested in clean renewable energy.

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