Solar plant soon to be a reality at Marine Base

Solar plant soon to be a reality at Marine Base
Solar panels (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Department of the Navy (DON) and Georgia Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, recently signed an agreement to develop a large-scale solar facility at MCLB. They expect to break ground for the plant on  April 28.

The facility will be one of the state's largest solar installations with the potential generation capacity of 44 megawatts (MW) of direct current (DC) power (31 MW alternating current).

Georgia Power will build, own, operate, and maintain the solar facility, which will generate electricity for their electric grid.

"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's mandate," 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."

MCLB Albany was commissioned on March 1, 1952 as the Marine Corps Depot of Supplies. The base's name changed two more times before taking on its current designation, becoming Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany on November 1, 1978.

"As work continues at the SUBASE Kings Bay project near Savannah, we're excited to move one step closer to starting construction on our second DON project at MCLB Albany," said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of Renewable Development for Georgia Power. "Our continued partnership with the DON is helping us grow solar in Georgia while strengthening our state's military bases and stimulating investment in Georgia communities."

They anticipate the solar facility to be online and producing power by the beginning of 2017.

with information from the MCLB

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