Local Utility to Develop 10MW Solar Farm at Alabama Depot

Local Utility to Develop 10MW Solar Farm at Alabama Depot

Alabama Power Co. will develop a 10-megawatt alternating current solar farm at Anniston Army Depot in northeastern Alabama, the Army announced last week.

The Army and Alabama Power will enter into a 30-year easement for up to 90 acres at the depot, according to an Army fact sheet. The depot will continue to procure power from the utility through an existing General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide contract. Alabama Power will deliver energy generated by the array to the grid.

The project is a collaboration involving the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, the depot, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command, GSA and the utility.

Alabama Power, owned by Southern Co., will develop, construct and operate the large-scale renewable energy solar project. The array, which will generate enough solar energy to power about 1,600 homes per year, is expected to be operational by September 2016.

This project is one of four large-scale renewable energy projects being developed on Army installations in Alabama. Others include an 18,000-megawatt-hours-per-year solar project and a 25-megawatt combined heat and power generation facility at Redstone Arsenal, and a 10-megawatt alternating current solar facility at Fort Rucker.

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