Georgia Power and US Army dedicate new solar facility at Fort Gordon, US


Georgia Power and the US Army have dedicated a new 30 megawatt (MW) on-base solar facility at Fort Gordon, Georgia, US.

The solar facility generating 30MW alternating current, or 42MW direct current, is the third completed by Georgia Power in collaboration with the military.

It will join the other similar on-base solar facilities recently opened with the US Army at Fort Benning and the Department of the Navy (DON) at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Kings Bay.

Currently, Georgia Power is developing more than 150MW of solar generation to cater to power requirement of the state's electric customers through five strategic projects with the US Army and DON, including additional projects at Fort Stewart and the Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany.

Georgia Power renewable development vice-president Norrie McKenzie said: "The Augusta area is on the cutting edge of energy including both this state of the art solar facility, as well as new carbon free energy being developed at the Plant Vogtle expansion.

"As we mark the completion of this latest project, we appreciate the Army's continued collaboration and recognition of the importance that this new energy source will have for our customers as well as the base and the surrounding community."

Built and operated by Georgia Power, the Fort Gordon solar facility occupies 270 acres and is equipped with transmission and distribution infrastructure, uses approximately 137,500 ground-mounted photovoltaic (PV) panels.