Leaders from Georgia Power and the U.S. Army joined elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries at Fort Gordon near Augusta, Ga., on Nov. 16 to dedicate a new 30-MW (ac) on-base solar facility.
This solar facility is the third completed by Georgia Power in collaboration with the military, joining similar on-base solar facilities recently unveiled with the U.S. Army at Fort Benning and the Department of the Navy (DON) at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Kings Bay. Georgia Power is still working on with the U.S. Army and DON solar projects at Fort Stewart and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.
Said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power: “As we mark the completion of this latest project, we appreciate the Army’s continued collaboration and recognition of the importance that this new energy source will have for our customers as well as the base and the surrounding community.”
The Fort Gordon solar facility was built and is owned and operated by Georgia Power with energy delivered to the state’s electric grid at or below the company’s avoided cost. Including related transmission and distribution infrastructure, the solar project at Fort Gordon occupies 270 acres, utilizes approximately 137,500 ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels and is estimated to represent a $75 million investment at the installation.
In coordination with the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC), Georgia Power noted that it continues to develop renewable energy as part of a diverse generation portfolio through programs designed to prevent upward pressure on customer rates. Through the company’s various solar initiatives, millions of solar panels are being added to Georgia’s energy landscape. Most recently, Georgia Power received approval from the Georgia PSC to add up to 1,600 MW of new renewable generation by 2021, as well as new demonstration projects to study wind and solar generation opportunities as part of its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Co. (NYSE: SO). It has 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties.