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The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) is a publicly owned, not-for-profit electric utility, providing low-cost, reliable power to 11 Member municipal utilities across Alabama. In May 2019, AMEA and Lightsource BP announced that they’d signed a 20-year power purchase contract to supply clean, cost-effective, locally-sourced solar energy to AMEA’s 11 Member utilities located across the state.

The agreement is for 100 MW of large-scale offsite solar, providing enough green electricity to power 20,000 homes in Alabama. The solar energy will have a fixed price for 20 years, acting as a hedge against price volatility in the natural gas market. This development will enable the utility to build more stability and diversity in its energy portfolio, while saving a minimum of $40 million over 20 years.

  • 130MWᴅᴄ
    /100MWᴀᴄ capacity
  • 173,252
    metric tons of CO2 saved per year
  • 36,784
    fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)

The project will consist of 350,000 solar panels installed across 800 acres of land in Montgomery County. AMEA and Lightsource BP worked closely with the Montgomery County Commission and the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce to bring this project to realization, as part of their efforts to foster innovative projects that drive economic development and tax revenue. The project will be 100% financed, built, maintained and operated by Lightsource BP – construction is expected to be completed in 2021.

  • 20,000
    Alabama homes powered per year
  • $5M
    property tax revenue for local county schools

Information & Resources

We’ve put together a collection of resources for anyone who’d like to know more about our AMEA solar project:

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Coverage

Both AMEA and Lightsource BP are incredibly proud of this solar project, and the opportunities it will offer both organisations and the local communities. Find out more about the impacts this project will have below:

FAQs

We’ve received lots of interest in our AMEA Solar Project, so we’ve put together a list of the most commonly asked questions, and their answers.

FAQs