FORT BENNING, GA (WTVM) - Fort Benning will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Army's largest Renewable Energy Solar Power project in Georgia.
The ceremony will be hosted by Brig. Gen. Eric Wesley, commanding general of U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence and Fort Benning, and takes place at 10:15 a.m. June 1 near Fort Benning's Uchee Creek Campground and Marina.
Ft. Benning will host the ceremony in conjunction with U.S. Army Office of Energy Initiatives, Georgia Power and The General Services Administration.
The ceremony will include the Honorable Sanford Bishop, Georgia congressman, the Honorable Katherine G. Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment), Georgia Power Vice President of Renewable Development William "Norrie" McKenzie, Georgia Public Service Commissioner Stan Wise and Michael McGhee, executive director with the Army Office of Energy Initiatives.
The Army signed a 35-year easement for the property and Georgia Power designed, built and operates the solar park.
The large-scale solar park will generate enough solar energy to power about 4,300 homes per year.
The project is part of a U.S. Army commitment to a presidential directive to secure renewable energy and sustainability at military installations.