The Navy and Mississippi Power reached agreement on a 23-acre lease to house a 4-megawatt direct current solar farm at Naval Construction Battalion Center (NCBC) Gulfport, officials announced Friday.
NCBC Gulfport will receive in-kind consideration in the form of electrical infrastructure upgrades from the utility, which is a subsidiary of Southern Company. Energy produced by the project will flow to Mississippi Power’s customers, including the naval facility.
Atlanta-based Hannah Solar will finance and build the $6 million project with power being routed to the utility’s electric grid. The energy developer expects to break ground early this year and bring the plant online before the end of the calendar year, according to a Navy press release.
Capt. Cheryl Hansen, commanding officer of NCBC Gulfport, said the solar farm will increase the installation’s energy security.
This project is one of five collaborations between the Navy and Southern Company subsidiaries. In the last six months, the parties broke ground on solar facilities at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. (42 megawatts of direct current); Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. (65 megawatts); and NAS Whiting Field, Fla. (52 megawatts). The Navy is expected to announce a fifth project this spring. Together, the five projects could produce nearly 200 megawatts, according to the release.