By TODD STACY, Alabama Daily News
MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The state’s Public Service Commission on Tuesday approved a proposal from Alabama Power Company to build a massive solar power project to be built in Butler County.
According to a press release from Alabama Power, the project is expected to create about 250 construction jobs while generating more than $6 million in tax revenue for Butler County and the city of Greenville over the life of the project. The location is expected to be up and running by January 2024.
Electric output generated annually from the 80-megawatt HEP Greenville solar project is expected to be enough to power almost 15,000 homes. According to a press release from the company, the project is the largest approved under the 2015-passed Renewable Energy Certificates program, which allows customers to purchase clean energy credits to promote the growth of renewables. Alabama Power is partnering with Wells Fargo to offer the credits.
“We appreciate the commission’s vote today and are excited about our partnership with Wells Fargo to build on our focus of delivering long-term value to our customers while growing solar resources,” said Tony Smoke, Alabama Power’s senior vice president of Marketing and Economic Development.
Previous REC projects include Anniston Army Depot, Fort Rucker and LaFayette solar projects.