Pentagon Partnership

Pentagon Partnership

Southern Company is proud to build the future of energy with the military.  Through our partnership with Department of Defense we are engaging directly with emerging technologies and new business models impacting both our nation’s security and the communities we serve.

 

 

Joining forces to innovate the industry

We're honored to be the only energy company in the country to partner with all four branches of our military. Our collaborations support 19 military bases across the country, as well as federal emergency projects and local communities.

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (USACE), in coordination with the Jacksonville District, awarded a contract to Southern Company subsidiary PowerSecure in October 2017, for additional support to repair the power grid in Puerto Rico. PowerSecure has extensive experience in storm restoration and has deployed crews for every named storm to hit the U.S. in the past eight years. Power restoration was a combined effort among the USACE, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority and the utility industry. PowerSecure crews were assigned to restore power in Puerto Rico's southern and western regions. Restoration efforts included damage assessment; clearing debris; resetting poles; mobilizing equipment; providing temporary emergency power; ensuring adequate generation at power plants; and reinstalling and repairing transmission and distribution lines. At one point in the restoration process PowerSecure had more than 900 personnel on the ground in Puerto Rico. PowerSecure, in coordination with the USACE, had personnel deployed in Puerto Rico beginning October 2017 through May 2018.

Current Projects:

Alabama Power:

  • 2 solar projects totaling 20 megawatts in partnership with the Army.

Georgia Power:

  • 3 solar projects totaling 90 megawatts in partnership with the Army.
  • 1 solar project totaling 30 megawatts in partnership with the Navy.
  • 1 solar project totaling 46 megawatts in partnership with the Marine Corps.

Gulf Power:

  • 2 solar projects totaling 90 megawatts in partnership with the Navy.
  • 1 solar project totaling 30 megawatts in partnership with the Air Force.

Mississippi Power:

  • 1 solar project totaling 4 megawatts in partnership with the Navy.

Total: 11 solar projects totaling 310 megawatts

“The collaboration between Georgia Power and the Department of the Navy to allow for the construction of a new solar facility will have a myriad of benefits. By hosting the solar facility on our land, we can provide physical security to protect the asset, diversify the local power portfolio and increase regional resiliency, all of which strengthen Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay's energy security.”

The Honorable Dennis V. McGinn, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment

Renewable energy is the future, and the United States military is lighting the way — and helping the country become more energy-independent in the process.

To make its domestic military bases more energy resilient, and more secure in the event of a natural disaster or manmade event, the Pentagon wanted to move toward energy sources that don’t rely on fuel or traditional supply chain methods that supply fuel. It turned to Southern Company, the only energy company that serves all four branches of the military, to develop innovative energy solutions, both on and off base, particularly in solar power.

Many bases occupy large parcels of land — prime real estate for solar installations. So far, Southern Company has installed 14 solar facilities on military bases in the Southeast, which generate more than 400 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity.

Solar power is just one of the energy sources the military is embracing to boost its energy resiliency. The military and other federal agencies, such as NASA, are also partnering with Southern Company for energy solutions using liquified natural gas (LNG) and compressed natural gas (CNG). LNG and CNG are forms of the cleanest burning alternative fuel and enable the federal government to continue to increase its security, efficiency and resiliency.

The military is committed to working with Southern Company through its subsidiary PowerSecure to bring microgrid technology inside their fence. Microgrids are miniature power grids that may be connected to a larger grid but can operate independently as needed. Southern Company is working with the Army, Navy and Air Force on the deployment of microgrid technology.

Southern Company is proud to build the future of energy with the military. Through our partnership with the Department of Defense we are engaging directly with emerging technologies and new business models benefiting both our nation’s security and the communities we serve.

Christopher Womack, Executive Vice President and President of External Affairs, Southern Company

Southern Company Accolades:

  • 2018 Highest-ranked utility by G.I. Jobs' Top 100 Military Friendly Employer®
  • 2018 "Best for Vets Employer" by Military Times EDGE
    • 6th Consecutive Year
    • Ranked 7th
  • "Most Valuable Employer (MVE) for Military®" by CivilianJobs.com
  • 2018 Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc.
    • 3rd Consecutive Year
    • No. 3 Company for Veterans

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