Georgia Power says it has executed a real estate outgrant with the Department of the Navy (DON) for a 30 MW AC solar generation facility at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Kings Bay in St. Marys, Ga.
The outgrant provides Georgia Power access to 258 acres of land at SUBASE Kings Bay for the development of ground-mounted solar photovoltaic panels to deliver energy to the state's electric grid.
The company expects to break ground on the project late this summer and bring the facility online by the end of 2016. Georgia Power says it will be brought online at or below the company's avoided cost (the amount projected it would cost to generate comparable energy from other sources).
‘Our innovative solar partnerships with the state's military bases, including SUBASE Kings Bay, are growing solar in Georgia, strengthening Georgia military bases and stimulating investment in Georgia communities,’ says Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power.
‘We are excited to partner with Georgia Power to develop a large, cost-effective renewable energy project that will enhance the Navy's energy security and operational capability,’ says Captain James Jenks, SUBASE Kings Bay commanding officer. ‘This project is important in meeting the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals.’