Georgia Power, the largest subsidiary of Southern Co., recently executed a real estate outgrant with the U.S. Department of the Navy (DON) to use 150 acres of land at the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany for a 31 MW ground-mounted PV solar facility.
According to a recent release, the agreement is a significant achievement for the project, as it will further diversify the company’s energy portfolio and increase DON’s energy security.
“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,” says 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.”
Estimated to represent an approximate $75 million investment at installation, the facility is expected to be online in less than a year at or below the company’s avoided cost.
According to Marine Corps Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer at MCLB Albany, the base has a strong commitment to energy security.
“We are on track to achieve ‘net zero’ status well ahead of the Secretary of the Navy mandate,” says Carroll. “This project with Georgia Power will add to the base’s energy security and diversify the area’s power supply, making the grid and all who rely on it more resilient.”