Georgia Power secures site for 44-MW solar project at Marine Corps base

Georgia Power announced April 4 a major milestone in the development of a 31 MW (ac)/ 44 MW (dc) solar facility at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany in Georgia.

The company recently executed a real estate outgrant with the Department of the Navy (DON) that authorizes it to use land on the base for the solar project.

“As work continues at the Submarine Base Kings Bay project near Savannah, we’re excited to move one step closer to starting construction on our second Department of the Navy project at MCLB Albany,” said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of Renewable Development for Georgia Power. “Our continued partnership with the Navy is helping us grow solar in Georgia while strengthening our state’s military bases and stimulating investment in Georgia communities.”

The outgrant provides Georgia Power with access to 150 acres of land at MCLB Albany for the development of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to deliver energy to the state’s electric grid. The company expects to bring the facility online in less than a year at or below the company’s avoided costs. The solar project at MCLB Albany is estimated to represent an approximate $75 million investment at the installation.

“Through our recent adoption of cutting-edge technologies, to include landfill gas-to-electric generators and ground source heat pumps, and our current effort to construct a biomass steam-fed electric generator, we are on track to achieve ‘net zero’ status well ahead of the Secretary of the Navy mandate,” said Marine Corps Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer, MCLB Albany.

In addition to ongoing projects, as part of a 2016 Integrated Resource Plan recently filed with the Georgia PSC, Georgia Power has proposed an additional 525 MW of renewable generation and studies for potential new future wind generation in Georgia.

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