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Forts Benning, Stewart and Gordon to house largest solar energy facilities on US military installations

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Georgia Power announced Thursday, May 15, that Fort Benningwill be one of three U.S. Army posts in the state chosen to be a site for theirnew solar generation facilities.

The solar generation facilities—which will be built, ownedand operated by Georgia Power—will each be capable of producing about 30megawatts (MW) AC of solar energy, the company says. The facilities areexpected to be the largest solar generation facilities operating on U.S.military installations.

"Throughconstructive regulation and thoughtful energy policy planning, Georgia isleading the way in developing cost-effective solar generation for customers,"said Norrie McKenzie, vice president of renewable development for GeorgiaPower. "The agreement with the U.S. Army not only marks another step forGeorgia Power's solar initiatives, but further enhances the state's position asa solar leader and will strengthen both the bases and the surroundingcommunities."

Fort Stewartnear Savannah and Fort Gordon near Augusta will also receive the solargeneration facilities, which are projected to be complete by the end of 2016.

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