250 acres of solar panels added to Ft. Stewart’s infrastructure

250 acres of solar panels added to fort Stewart's infrastructure.

FORT STEWART (WTOC) - Third Infantry has long been considered one of the Army's most powerful components. Now, its home post has a new source of power as well.

Commanders called it a huge step to add 250 acres of solar panels to Fort Stewart's infrastructure. The solar array will generate a large portion of the installation's needs.

"This array will provide approximately 30 percent of Fort Stewart's energy requirements on an annual basis," said Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack,

It'll be an even bigger portion during off-peak seasons. This partnership with Georgia Power will generate enough energy to power 4,300 single homes. Company leaders say this array indirectly helps electrical customers in surrounding towns, too.

"When you generate power at the point of use, you thereby relieve the strain on the grid and provides more power to other communities," said Hammack.

This 30-megawatt project is one of three on Georgia bases to include Fort Gordon and Fort Benning as well.

Leaders say the use of solar here and on other installations is getting even bigger.