Georgia Utility to Add Sub Base to Its Military Portfolio

The Georgia Power Co. is planning to build a solar energy project at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in southeastern Georgia, making it the fourth solar project the utility is planning to develop at a military installation in the state.

In May, the Army announced plans to develop 30-megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic arrays at three installations in the state — Forts Stewart, Gordon and Benning.

“The Navy is following the Army’s footsteps,” Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable energy development for Georgia Power, told the state Public Service Commission Thursday.

McKenzie said environmental assessments and land surveys are complete or under way at the three Army posts, and engineering and construction contracts are in place as well, reported the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Fort Benning project is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016, and the other two Army projects are expected to become operational during fall 2016, according to the story.

Georgia Power, an operating utility of Southern Company, will finance, design, build, own and operate the Army projects. The Army will purchase the majority of the power through an existing 10-year GSA area-wide contract with Georgia Power.


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