MetroPower Selected for Robins AFB Solar Farm Project
MetroPower and Elight were chosen by Southern Company and Signal Energy to install the electrical on a 176 MW solar project at Robins AFB. Branch 25 will assist in trenching and excavating, installing conduit, Medium Voltage Cable, Fiber Optics, and installation of the combiner boxes. The project is scheduled for completion in October, and up to 45 team members will be working onsite.
“This is a large solar project for us in a growing industry, and we are excited to support the development of solar power in the southeast,” says Scott Williams, branch 25 supervisor.
According to the 10th annual National Solar Jobs Census recently released by the Solar Foundation, jobs related to solar power increased by about 1,100 in Georgia from 2018 to 2019. The report also noted that the availability of vast amounts of inexpensive, sunny land in Georgia and the declining cost of solar installations overall are driving this trend.
Scott has completed eight solar field installations and has committed to working on 2-3 more solar farms in the future. He agrees that the southeast has tremendous potential for solar energy due to the climate and availability of land.
Along with Florida, California and Texas, Georgia is one of four states that installed more than 1000 MW of new solar capacity in 2019. To date, MetroPower has completed eight solar farms, with two new projects in South Carolina beginning in June, and additional projects lined up for Southern Company and Duke Energy.