Thursday, May 15, 2014
FORT GORDON, Ga. (WRDW) -- The U.S. Army announced plans to develop a 30 megawatt, alternating current, solar photovoltaic array on Fort Gordon.
Two additional arrays will also be placed on Forts Stewart and Benning, according to a news release.
"The projects are projected to bring the U.S. Army nine percent closer to its commitment to the President of deploying one gigawatt of renewable energy by 2025," the release said.
The U.S. Army calls the project "Georgia 3x30."
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.
Once the arrays start working, 18 percent of the energy the U.S. Army consumes in Georgia will be generated on-site by renewable sources, the release said. Groundbreaking is planned for late 2014 with commercial operations commencing in 2015.