Georgia Power obtains land from Marine Corps base for rate-based solar project

Written By: Stratton Report
April 4, 2016

On April 4, Georgia Power announced today a real estate outgrant with the Navy that authorizes the utility to use land on the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany for a 31 MW AC rate-based solar project. The company expects to bring the facility online in less than a year at or below the company’s avoided cost, the amount projected it would cost the company to generate comparable energy from other sources. The solar project at MCLB Albany is estimated to represent an approximate $75 million investment at the installation.

Norrie McKenzie, vice president of Renewable Development for Georgia Power remarked:

“As work continues at the Submarine Base Kings Bay project near Savannah, we’re excited to move one step closer to starting construction on our second Department of the Navy project at MCLB Albany. Our continued partnership with the Navy is helping us grow solar in Georgia while strengthening our state’s military bases and stimulating investment in Georgia communities.”

The outgrant provides Georgia Power with access to 150 acres of land at MCLB Albany for the development of ground-mounted PV panels to deliver energy to the state’s electric grid.

Marine Corps Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer, MCLB Albany noted: “MCLB Albany has a strong commitment to energy security. Through our recent adoption of cutting-edge technologies, to include landfill gas-to-electric generators and ground source heat pumps, and our current effort to construct a biomass steam-fed electric generator, we are on track to achieve ‘net zero’ status well ahead of the Secretary of the Navy mandate. This project with Georgia Power will add to the base’s energy security and diversify the area’s power supply, making the grid and all who rely on it more resilient.”
As part of the 2016 Integrated Resource Plan recently filed with the Georgia PSC, the company has proposed an additional 525 megawatts of renewable generation and studies for potential new future wind generation in Georgia.