Georgia Power in 90MW Army build
Utility Georgia Power will build and operate three 30MW (AC) solar PV facilities at US Army bases in the state with all scheduled to enter full operation by the end of 2016.
They will be located on Army-owned land at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Gordon near Augusta. The Army, a major customer for the utility, will purchase the power under an existing contract.
The three plants will be brought online at or below the utility’s avoided cost - the estimated amount for it to generate comparable energy from other sources.
The facilities are expected to be the largest solar generation facilities operating on U.S. military bases.
The Army, Air Force and Navy have each committed to procuring and producing 1GW of renewable energy at their permanent installations (and/or on 65,000sq km of military land opened up for development). The Army expects to meet this goal by 2025.
The US military’s $20bn annual fuel and electricity bill is greater than the national economies of almost half the countries in the world.
For its part, Georgia Power, a unit of Atlanta-based Southern Company, aims to have a solar portfolio of nearly 900MW, which it says will be the largest such voluntary portfolio in the US.