Georgia Power to develop 139MW solar facility

Georgia Power has secured approval from the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) to build a new 139 megawatt (MW) solar facility adjacent to Robins Air Force Base (AFB) in Warner Robins, Georgia.

The new solar facility, which will involve an investment of more than $200m, would be developed on about 870 acres of land and comprises more than 500,000 solar panels.

After completion, the Warner Robins facility will be the sixth solar project to be constructed by the company in partnership with the US military and the Georgia PSC.

Georgia Power renewable development vice-president Norrie McKenzie said: “Today's exciting announcement is the result of extensive collaboration between Georgia Power, the Georgia PSC and the US Air Force, as well as the foresight of local leaders and our neighbors in central Georgia.

“At Robins Air Force Base, and across the state, we have found that we share a mission with our nation's military to secure local bases and contribute to our country's energy independence, while also adding cost-effective renewable generation as part of a diverse energy mix to provide our customers with reliable, affordable energy.”

Power generated from this facility will be delivered to the state's electric grid.

Georgia Power intends to carry out planning, engineering and design for the project and select a construction contractor through a bidding process.

Construction of the facility is expected to begin no earlier than next year. The project is expected to start operations before the end of 2019.

Image: Georgia Power renewable development vice-president Norrie McKenzie announces the plan to build a new 139MW solar facility adjacent to Robins AFB in Warner Robins, Georgia. Photo: courtesy of Georgia Power/PR Newswire Association LLC.