The Alabama Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved proposals by the Alabama Power Co. to build 10-megawatt solar plants at Fort Rucker and Anniston Army Depot.
The two projects, which are estimated to cost a total of $48 million, would benefit all of Alabama Power’s customers. The utility proposed the projects under a plan to offer renewable energy to its customers through separate, negotiated agreements, reported AL.com. The agreements would be negotiated so that other customers wouldn’t subsidize any extra costs associated with the shift to renewable energy.
The projects would be the first major solar projects built by Alabama Power. Construction is expected to begin early next year and be completed within the year.
A number of states in the Southeast have recently approved the construction of solar plants by local utilities at military installations, including Georgia, Florida and North Carolina.