A 57-acre solar power array could be coming to Robins Air Force Base.
At the Museum of Aviation on Thursday, base officials met with representatives of 30 solar power companies to discuss the project.
The Air Force has requested the companies submit their qualifications, and those that are qualified will then be asked to submit proposals. Georgia Power will examine the proposals and make a selection in September.
Whether it goes forward may depend on the proposals, but officials said shortly before the meeting started that they believe project will happen.
I think its very likely, said Otis Hicks, director of the 78th Civil Engineer Group. Its based on the candidates desire to invest.
The developer would sell the power to Georgia Power, which provides the bases power. The project would be funded by the developer, and there would be no cost for Robins. The base would make money by leasing the land at fair-market value, and the Air Force could apply the power generated toward its goals of creating renewable energy.
Its a win-win for the base and its a win-win for the community, said Kathy Bustos, project manager for the Air Force Enhanced Use Lease Program, which would handle the leasing for the land.
After the meeting the companies were given a tour of the tract, which is off Marchbanks Drive on the south side of the base.
Hicks said the base has one large solar panel as a demonstration project, this would be its first significant foray into solar power.
He said the amount of power to be generated by the project will depend on the proposals that are made.
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