Dan Cohen AUTHOR Officials from the Army and Alabama Power held a groundbreaking ceremony last week for a 10-megawatt solar array at Fort Rucker.The 10-megawatt project is located on about 90 acres of land at the post in southeast Alabama and is scheduled to be operational later this year. The photovoltaic solar plant is expected to generate enough energy to power about 1,600 homes annually.Russel Hall, deputy to the commanding general at Fort Rucker, told the gathering he was pleased to be working with Alabama Power on the project, which is creating between 60 and 80 temporary construction jobs, according to a press release from the utility. “Increasing our energy choices is important to Fort Rucker,” Hall said.The energy generated by the plant will flow back into the Alabama Power grid as part of the company’s generation portfolio. Alabama Power also will retain the rights to the renewable energy credits from the project to serve its customers with renewable energy. The Army will continue to purchase electricity from Alabama Power under an existing electric service agreement.“There isn’t a place I’d rather be today than here at Fort Rucker,” said Michael McGhee, executive director of the Army Office of Energy Initiatives.The Fort Rucker project is the second major solar facility to break ground at an Alabama Army installation. Earlier this year, the utility began construction on a 10-megawatt facility at Anniston Army Depot.