Georgia Power will build, own and operate three separate solar generation facilities on US Army bases in Georgia.

To be located at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Fort Benning near Columbus and Fort Gordon near Augusta, the three solar power plants will generate 90MW collectively.

As part of the review and approval of the company’s 2007 Integrated Resource Plan, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) approved the development of three cost-effective renewable projects of less than 30MW to be owned by Georgia Power.

The facilities, which are expected to be the largest solar generation facilities operating on US military bases, are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016.

"The facilities are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2016."

Georgia Power vice-president of renewable development Norrie McKenzie said through constructive regulation and thoughtful energy policy planning, Georgia is leading the way in developing cost-effective solar generation for customers.

"The agreement with the US Army not only marks another step for Georgia Power’s solar initiatives, but further enhances the state’s position as a solar leader and will strengthen both the bases and the surrounding communities," McKenzie said.

By 2016, the company projects it will have a solar portfolio of nearly 900MW. In addition to the new solar projects with the US Army, the company anticipates more than 500 new solar projects will be brought online in the coming years through existing solar programs including the Large-Scale Solar initiative and Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative.