Home-grown, renewable electricity for Alabama

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA) and Lightsource bp are partnering to bring affordable, local, sustainable electricity to AMEA’s 11 Member municipal utilities across Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers.

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Site-Selection

    Site selection & preliminary design

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Design-Assessment

    Stakeholder outreach

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Planning

    Permitting & environmental studies

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Conditions

    Land management & biodiversity planning

  • Site-Build-Timeline-Construction

    Final engineering, financing & construction

  • Operation & maintenance

  • Decommissioning & recycling

The 130 megawatt-dc Black Bear Solar project, one of the largest in Alabama, will deliver solar energy to AMEA under a long-term power purchase agreement, providing enough electricity to power 20,000 homes.

The solar energy will have a fixed price for 20 years, acting as a hedge against price volatility in the natural gas market. It is enabling AMEA to build more stability and diversity in its energy portfolio, while saving a minimum of $40 million over 20 years.

The project consists of more than 280,000 solar panels installed in Montgomery County, situated 15 miles from AMEA’s headquarters. More than 400 people worked to construct the facility, the majority local workers.

The Montgomery County Commission and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce were valuable partners to both AMEA and Lightsource bp, helping bring this project to realization through their efforts to foster innovative projects that drive economic development and local tax revenue. In addition to providing jobs, clean energy and bill savings to AMEA’s Members and their customers, the project will contribute over $7 million in property tax revenue to county schools over the project life.

Both AMEA and Lightsource bp are incredibly proud of this solar project, and the opportunities it will offer both organizations and the local communities.

  • 130MWᴅᴄ
    /100MWᴀᴄ capacity
  • 173,252
    metric tons of CO2 saved per year
  • 36,784
    fuel-burning cars taken off road (equivalent)
  • 20,000
    Alabama homes powered per year
  • $7M
    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:

Black Bear Solar Info Sheet

Coverage

Loading News...

Black Bear Solar 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.

See FAQs

Get in touch

If you’d like to find out more about this project, email info@lightsourcebp.com, or fill out the form below. We aim to get back to you within five working days.

Feedback form

In the community

We construct our solar farms with a view to improving soil health, fostering biodiversity, and strengthening local economies. From ecological assessments to community engagement, we do our best to create solar farms that local communities can be proud of.

Learn more about our communities

Economic-Development-scaled

Empowering Economic Development

Our projects help provide stable revenue for landowners as well as create jobs, generate property tax revenue, and bring operating budgets that are primarily spent in the area.

Find out more
Education

Empowering education

We value education and help bring real-world experiences to the classroom through funding for research, internships, capstone projects, solar training, and so much more.

Find out more
Nittany-1_DSC8250

Empowering environmental sustainability

We care about the environment and engage in responsible solar. Many of our solar farms are pollinator friendly, boost local biodiversity and have co-located agriculture.

Find out more
48553799307_dce24e7fc6_o_D2-scaled

Empowering partnerships

Our partnerships allow us to collaborate with other like-minded organizations that share a desire to create a more sustainable, resilient and equitable world for present and future generations.

Find out more

Take a look at some of our other projects

We work with businesses and communities around the world to create low carbon, solar energy projects that make a difference.

See more of our USA solar projects