Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany has been installed a 31MWac (44MWdc) solar power plant after executing a real estate outgrant with the Department of the Navy (DON) that authorizes the Georgia Power, the project constructor, to use land on the base for the solar project. The solar power generation facility helps diversify the company’s energy portfolio as well as increase DON’s energy security.
The outgrant provides Georgia Power with a land of 150 acres at MCLB Albany for the development of ground-mounted solar PV panels to deliver energy to the state's electric grid. The PV plant is estimated to represent an approximately US$75 million investment at the installation and is scheduled to be completed in less than one year.
"MCLB Albany has a strong commitment to energy security," said Marine Corps Col. James C. Carroll III, commanding officer, MCLB Albany. "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."
People in Georgia have been served by renewable energy for years. Georgia Power developed several solar and wind projects across the states, including five solar facilities at Georgia military bases. The company proposes to add 525MW of renewable energy generation in the state as part of the 2016 Integrated Resource Plan recently filed with the Georgia Public Service Commission.