The Navy and Georgia Power completed a new 30 megawatt (MW) solar farm at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) in Kings Bay near St. Marys, GA. The new project is on-base and is the first of more than 150 MWs of projects the Department of the Navy (DON), the Army and Georgia Power have planned.
The new, roughly $75 million project will provide power to Georgia Power’s customers. "Within a year, this site on the Georgia coast has been transformed into a state-of-the-art solar facility that will provide energy for our state for years to come," said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power. "As we look forward to bringing additional on-base solar facilities online, we appreciate the Navy's continued partnership and recognition of the importance of this new energy source for our customers, the bases and local communities.”
It’s the first time that Georgia Power and the DON partnered on a project. However, it previously worked with the Army on a 30 MW facility at Fort Benning. The utility and the armed forces also have projects under construction at Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.
"Innovative energy technologies and collaborative relationships are important for the Department of the Navy," said Commander, Navy Region Southeast, Rear Admiral Mary M. Jackson. "Ensuring our installations have secure, reliable, resilient and affordable energy is critical for continuous operations. Working with an innovator like Georgia Power enables the Department of the Navy to achieve its missions and energy efficiency goals.”
The project on the base is owned by Georgia Power and is providing energy at or below the company's avoided cost (the amount projected it would cost the company to generate comparable energy from other sources), Georgia Power said.
While Georgia hasn’t been a hotbed for solar projects in the past, that’s changing. The utility recently got its plans to install up 1.6 gigawatts of wind and solar power by 2021 approved by the state Public Service Commission. It also is installing demonstration projects to study wind and solar generation opportunities as part of its 2016 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).Tweet