Solar Project at Robins AFB Falls behind Schedule

Plans to develop a 10-megawatt solar array at Robins Air Force Base through an enhanced use lease have fallen behind schedule since they were initially announced last July.

At the time, Chicago-based New Generation Power planned to begin construction at a 50-acre site at the Middle Georgia installation by September, with the solar plant slated to go online by January 2015. So far, though, work has not progressed beyond clearing the forested site, reported the Telegraph.

Officials from the Air Force and the developer still need to sign a final lease, said Mark Kinkade, a spokesman for the Air Force Civil Engineering Center. “Despite the extended timeline, the project is moving forward,” Kinkade said without elaborating as to why a final deal still has not been reached or indicating when construction would begin.

Under the agreement reached last year, the developer would sell energy generated by the photovoltaic facility to Georgia Power through a power purchase agreement. The lease payments Robins receives during the project’s 20-year term would be reinvested in renewable facility energy or energy conservation measures.

A spokesman for Georgia Power told the paper that New Generation Power has “failed to meet their contractual obligations with Georgia Power.” He said he could not elaborate any further.

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