Alabama Power will develop a 10-megawatt alternating current solar project on a 90-acre parcel at Fort Rucker in southeast Alabama, the Army announced last month.
The Army and Alabama Power will enter into a 30-year easement for the property. Fort Rucker will continue to procure power from the utility through an existing General Services Administration (GSA) area-wide contract. Energy generated by the project will be delivered to the grid as part of Alabama Power’s wholesale portfolio, according to a press release.
The facility, which the utility will own and operate, will generate enough solar energy to power about 1,600 homes per year. The project is expected to be operational before the end of the year.
This project is one of four large-scale renewable energy projects being developed on Army installations in Alabama. Other projects 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 project at Anniston Army Depot.
The Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Fort Rucker, the Mission and Installation Contracting Command and GSA are collaborating with Alabama Power on the project.