ATLANTA - The Army says three of its bases in Georgia will soon be generating some of their electricity from solar power.
The Army announced Thursday it plans to install arrays of solar panels at Fort Stewart near Savannah, Fort Benning outside Columbus and Fort Gordon in Augusta. Those plans are part of an Army-wide goal to increase its reliance on renewable energy.
Georgia Power will finance, build and operate the solar arrays at the three Army posts, with groundbreaking planned for later this year and completion expected in 2015. The Army will provide land for the solar arrays at each post, and will buy the electricity they produce from Georgia Power.
"Through constructive regulation and thoughtful energy policy planning, Georgia is leading the way in developing cost-effective solar generation for customers," said the vice president of renewable development for Georgia Power, Norrie McKenzie, in a news release Thursday. "The agreement with the U.S. 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."
The Army says once the projects are complete, 18 percent of the electricity it consumes in Georgia will come from renewable sources.