Georgia Power and the U.S. Army have dedicated a new 30 MW on-base solar facility at Fort Gordon, near Augusta, Ga. The solar project 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 notes it is currently developing more than 150 MW of solar generation to serve the state’s electric customers through five strategic projects with the U.S. Army and DON, including additional projects at Fort Stewart and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.
Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power, says, “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 (the amount projected it would cost the company to generate comparable energy from other sources). Including related transmission and distribution infrastructure, the solar project at Fort Gordon occupies 270 acres, utilizes approximately 137,500 ground-mounted photovoltaic panels and is estimated to represent a $75 million investment at the installation.