Washington Gas completes over 15 MW of solar projects in Georgia

Washington Gas Energy Systems, a subsidiary of WGL Holdings (NYSE: WGL), announced Dec. 16 the completion of 20 solar projects, totaling more than 15 MW, that will produce renewable energy for Georgia Power.

The company held ribbon cutting ceremonies at sites in Donalsonville and Richland, Ga., on Dec. 11, and another event in Greenville, Ga., on Dec. 12.

“These projects significantly increase renewable energy capacity in the state through the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative,” said Sanjiv Mahan, chief operating officer of Washington Gas Energy Systems. “We commend this program for spurring economic growth in the solar energy industry while reducing the carbon impact of Georgia Power customers, and look forward to completing more projects through this partnership with our diversified offerings across the energy eco-system.”

All of the solar arrays will be owned and operated by Washington Gas Energy Systems under 20-year Power Purchasing Agreements (PPAs) with Georgia Power. The project in Donalsonville is a 2-MW ground-mounted system composed of more than 6,000 solar panels that is expected to produce more than 3,000-MW hours of electricity annually. The project was developed by the Office of Solar Development and all engineering, procurement and construction was performed by Cantsink Manufacturing.

The Greenville project is a 1-MW ground-mounted solar away at the Meriwether County Industrial Development Authority. It is composed of more than 3,000 solar panels and expected to produce more than 1,500-MW hours of electricity per year. Engineering, procurement and construction was managed by Hannah Solar.

In Richland, a 1-MW solar project consists of more than 7,000 solar panels and is expected to produce more than 1,500 megawatt hours of electricity per year. The project was developed by Inman Solar in collaboration with the City of Richland and the Richland Development Authority.

Other Washington Gas Energy Systems projects under construction in Georgia include sites located in Montezuma and Homer, each sized at 1 MW. All projects are expected to be completed by February 2015.

Washington Gas Energy Systems, an affiliate of Washington Gas Light and a subsidiary of WGL Holdings, design-builds and owns custom energy solutions that deliver financial, operational and carbon reduction results for customers across the United States. Washington Gas Energy Systems is focused on energy efficiency projects and distributed generation assets including solar and fuel cells. 

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