By ASA (IE&E)May 3, 2016
WASHINGTON -- The largest solar project in the Army to date is now operational and producing electricity. In 2015, the U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives (OEI) and Fort Benning partnered with the General Services Administration (GSA) and Georgia Power Company (GPC) to develop a large-scale 30 megawatt (MW) alternating current (AC)* solar project on Fort Benning.
The project is located on approximately 230 acres of land at Fort Benning and comprised of 133,950 solar panels that supply the Georgia grid with renewable energy.
This project is part of the Army's plan to develop three, 30 MW AC solar projects, one each at Forts Benning, Gordon, and Stewart, and is collectively referred to as the Georgia 3x30 project.
The facility will generate enough solar energy to power about 4,300 homes per year.
GPC, owned by Southern Company, finances, owns, operates, and maintains the large-scale renewable energy solar project.