Solar power for MCLB moves closer

Solar power for MCLB moves closer
Solar panels (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Georgia Public Service Commission today approved the construction of a new 46 megawatt solar facility at the Marine Corps Logistics Base in Albany.

The Commission approval follows a Memorandum of Understanding between the U.S. Navy and Georgia Power Company with the aim of furthering the Marine Corps' renewable energy, climate action and energy security goals.

Georgia Power and the USMC are still ironing out the agreement to build the facility.

It would be the fifth such plant for the U.S. Department of Defense, joining solar facilities at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart, Fort Benning, and the Kings' Bay Naval Submarine Base.

Georgia Power will construct all of these projects and as with the other self-build projects, the Marine Corps project will be completed by the end of 2016 and have a 35 year life.

"With the closing of Plant Mitchell, this project gives us the opportunity to provide jobs and economic development with a clean renewable energy source while at the same time contribute to national energy security," said Commissioner Doug Everett of Albany. "We hope these projects at our Georgia military bases will also offset any future plans for base closures," added Everett.

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