Lightsource bp Opens 130 MW Black Bear Solar Challenge with AMEA PPA in Place


Lightsource bp, along with the Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), have opened the 130 MW DC / 100 MW AC Black Bear Solar undertaking for operations, which can serve AMEA’s 11 member municipal utilities. Located 15 miles from AMEA’s headquarters, Black Bear will ship solar energy to AMEA beneath a 20-year power gross sales settlement from Lightsource bp.

“AMEA is saving money with a home-grown, renewable resource that helps us provide dependable, economical power to our communities,” says Fred D. Clark, Jr., president and CEO of AMEA. “Combined with a fixed price contract for electricity from Black Bear Solar for the next 20 years, we’re building more long-term stability and diversity into our energy portfolio.”

Black Bear Solar was constructed utilizing greater than 280,000 ultra-low carbon solar panels manufactured by First Solar, solar trackers manufactured by Array Technologies and foundational piles on which the trackers sit manufactured by Attala Steel.

“This project is a great example of how solar is a job engine for Americans,” feedback Kevin Smith, CEO of Lightsource bp Americas. “Black Bear Solar created hundreds of U.S. jobs across the supply chain, supporting domestic manufacturing and helping build long-term careers for our clean energy future.”

The Montgomery County Commission and Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce have been companions to each AMEA and Lightsource bp, serving to to convey this undertaking to realization.

“We are grateful to AMEA and Lightsource bp for their significant announcement in Montgomery and congratulate them on the completion of this important project,” says Montgomery County Commission Chair Doug Singleton. “This project will provide considerable support to Montgomery County schools, dollars the school system otherwise would not receive. This is a major economic development project for the rural part of our county with our strong corporate partner in Lightsource bp.” 

“The Montgomery Chamber congratulates AMEA and Lightsource bp on this groundbreaking endeavor,” provides Cedric Campbell, 2022 chair of the Montgomery Chamber. “Innovative collaborations among public and private sector partners like this will power business and economic prosperity for the region for years to come with clean, low-cost, and low-impact renewable energy.”

The Black Bear Solar undertaking is in commissioning and at present producing electrical energy into the grid and might be absolutely operational in November 2022.


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