Georgia Power is planning to build, own and operate three solar generation facilities on U.S. Army bases in Georgia.
The generation facilities, each with a capacity of approximately 30 MW, will be located at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Gordon near Augusta. Scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016, the facilities are expected to be the largest solar generation facilities operating on U.S. military bases.Â
The announcement was made as part of the company's updated Renewable Resource Action Plan filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission. The utility says the three projects will be brought online at or below the cost projected to generate comparable energy from other sources.
The Georgia project is not a part of the Army's Multiple Award Task Order Contract for solar power, which is an element of a $7 billion program to create renewable energy generation capabilities at Department of Defense installations.
According to an Army spokesperson, the three solar plants will use an existing 10-year General Services Administration ‘area-wide contract’ with Georgia Power, with the Army and the utility entering into a 35-year easement to facilitate the project.