• Utility to Build 10MW Solar Array at Ft. Rucker

    Utility to Build 10MW Solar Array at Ft. Rucker0

    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 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 …

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  • Navy, Utility Reach Solar Deal at Mississippi Seabee Base0

    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 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 …

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  • Hybrid Wind-Solar Project to Supply 40 Percent of Ft. Hood’s Energy Needs

    Hybrid Wind-Solar Project to Supply 40 Percent of Ft. Hood’s Energy Needs0

    Army officials cited the estimated cost savings and greater reliance on green energy as two major plusses in celebrating the 65-megawatt, hybrid, renewable energy project that broke ground at Fort Hood Thursday. “There are a lot of firsts here. It’s the first hybrid project, wind and solar, in the Army; it’s the first to combine onsite and offsite energy; and it is the largest,” said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment. “As was said, everything is bigger in the state of Texas, so right now Texas has the distinction of contributing the most to renewable energy in the Army.” The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex Clean Energy’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle …

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  • DLA Signs Deal with Apex for 66MW Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood

    DLA Signs Deal with Apex for 66MW Wind-Solar Project at Ft. Hood0

    Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) Energy, in coordination with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives, last week signed a 28-year power purchase agreement with Charlottesville, Va.-based Apex Clean Energy for a hybrid, renewable energy project relying on an onsite solar system at Fort Hood and an offsite wind farm located 350 miles away from the central Texas post. The effort will feature a 15.4-megawatt (alternating current) photovoltaic solar plant at Fort Hood and 50.4 megawatts of wind energy from Apex’s Cotton Plains wind energy project on the Texas Panhandle. The project will begin providing energy to Fort Hood in 2017 …

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  • Navy, Florida Utility Agree on Leases for Solar Plants at Two Bases

    Navy, Florida Utility Agree on Leases for Solar Plants at Two Bases0

    The Navy and Gulf Power signed a real estate outgrant last month to develop large-scale solar electric generating facilities at airfields used by two bases on the tip of the Florida Panhandle — Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola and NAS Whiting Field. Gulf Power, a Southern Company subsidiary, will develop solar facilities with a total capacity of 117 megawatts of direct current on 290 acres at Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Saufley in Pensacola (65-megawatt capacity); and 300 acres at NOLF Holley in Navarre (52-megawatt capacity) …

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  • Utility Commission OKs Solar Projects at Two Alabama Installations0

    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.

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