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Alabama and Walmart in Solar Farm Deal

Alabama NewsCenter:

Community and business leaders, as well as representatives from Walmart, Alabama Power and Clenera, gathered at the new 72-megawatt AL Solar A project in east Alabama on Thursday, March 15, to celebrate its successful launch and operation.

AL Solar A, one of Alabama’s largest solar facilities, is owned by Houston-based Centaurus Renewable Energy. Most of the Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) the facility generates will serve Walmart through a long-term contract to help the retailer meet its renewable energy goals. Alabama Power is marketing the remaining energy and renewable energy attributes to other customers and third parties interested in supporting new renewable generation.

“Sourcing renewable energy from the AL Solar A project plays a crucially important role in providing power for Walmart facilities throughout Alabama,” said Steve Chriss, director of Energy and Strategy Analysis for Walmart. “The energy procured from AL Solar A will significantly contribute to Walmart’s sustainability goals and serve as a benchmark for our ongoing renewable energy efforts.”

Alabama Power has a long-term power-purchase agreement with Centaurus Renewable Energy to receive all the energy and environmental attributes from the AL Solar A project, which it can then use for its own customers or resell to others, as in the contract with Walmart.

The long-term contract with Walmart protects other Alabama Power customers from bearing additional costs in connection with the new solar facility. The combination of the purchase agreement and the Walmart contract is designed to provide a net benefit for all customers.

Construction of the $140 million facility began in February 2017 and it was fully operational by the end of last year. The project created more than 450 jobs during construction, and the facility’s permanent employees were hired locally from LaFayette.

The facility sits on 1,100 acres and is made up of more than 338,000 solar panels that automatically track the sun for optimum efficiency.

AL Solar A was the third solar project connected to Alabama Power to begin operating in 2017. Earlier in the year, company-owned solar facilities were unveiled at Anniston Army Depot and Fort Rucker. The company also has rights to the generation from two wind farms in the Midwest and markets the renewable energy attributes, including RECs, from all these projects to interested parties for the benefit of customers.

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