AMEA and City of Lanett dedicate Solar Research Project

The Alabama Municipal Electric Authority (AMEA), in partnership with the City of Lanett, dedicated a new 50-KW solar research project in the City of Lanett on Wednesday, Dec. 11. The AMEA-City of Lanett Solar Research Project, located at 119 S. Gilmer Avenue, was completed in November.

“We are proud of the new solar research project in Lanett as part of our effort to enhance renewable energy in our portfolio,” said Fred Clark, AMEA President & CEO. “We want to thank the City of Lanett and the Chambers County Development Authority (CCDA) for its leadership and partnership in this endeavor.”

AMEA partnered with the City of Lanett and CCDA on the purchase of the 27-acre Lanett mill site. The City and CCDA have worked to develop the site as a commercial or light industry zone. The solar project and the new Tractor Supply Company are located on the site.

The AMEA Board of Directors approved a $1 million investment to construct one solar research project in each Member city for a total of 11 projects, Clark added. AMEA has dedicated similar-size solar research projects in Alexander City, Dothan, Foley, LaFayette, Luverne, Opelika, Sylacauga and Tuskegee.

The Greater Valley Area Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting as part of the day’s activities.

AMEA, located in Montgomery, is the wholesale power provider for 11 public power utilities in Alabama, which serve some 350,000 customers in Alexander City, Dothan, Fairhope, Foley (Riviera Utilities), LaFayette, Lanett, Luverne, Opelika, Piedmont, Sylacauga, and Tuskegee.