Atlanta-based utility Georgia Power has broken ground on its fifth large-scale solar project on military bases in Georgia. The new 44 MW-DC (31 MW-AC) facility will be located at Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.
The new solar farm will utilize about 138,000 panels spread over an area of 61 hectares. It is expected to become operational within this year. As estimated, the solar project in Albany will represent an investment of US$75 million.
"This project will generate solar energy as part of a diverse generation mix, while providing security for the base and a positive economic impact in the local community," said Georgia Power senior vice president of marketing Kenny Coleman. "The projects we are developing on our state’s military bases are great examples of renewable energy growth being driven by collaboration and innovative partnerships."
Five large-scale solar projects built by Georgia Power for the U.S. army bases have the combined capacity of 166 MW-AC. The utility continues to add solar to its generation portfolio. As part of its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), Georgia Power eyes 525 MW of new renewable generation by 2019.