Green Power EMC, Silicon Ranch to build 52-MW solar project in Georgia

Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), said May 27 that it has reached a new agreement to purchase the full output of a new 52-MW (ac) solar array planned for construction in southeast Georgia.

This is the second such agreement that Green Power EMC has executed with owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corp. The two parties are currently developing a 20-MW (ac) solar array that will begin producing electricity in the fall of 2015. Both projects are located near Hazlehurst in Jeff Davis County, Georgia. Collectively, the Hazlehurst projects are set to be one of the largest solar generating facilities in Georgia, Green Power EMC noted.

Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC, said the additional site in Hazlehurst serves as yet another signal of the company’s commitment to add more solar energy to its portfolio. Pratt said the two Silicon Ranch sites at Hazlehurst combined will more than triple the total renewable capacity of Green Power EMC – from the current 32 MW to about 104 MW.

“This phase represents our second major solar power addition in less than a year, and we are excited about the considerable benefits it will bring to the state of Georgia,” Pratt said. “Georgia is the fastest-growing solar state in the country, and we are proud to work with Silicon Ranch to strengthen that position.” 

The 52-MW array will occupy approximately 600 acres and will include technology that allows the panels to track the sun from east to west. Once completed, the 52-MW array will generate more than 134 million kilowatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually.

Under the agreement, Silicon Ranch will own and operate the solar array, and Green Power EMC will purchase all the energy and environmental attributes it produces at cost-competitive rates over a 30-year period.  Construction on the 52-MW array is scheduled to begin in late 2015, and the facility will be ready to produce electricity in the fall of 2016.

Silicon Ranch Corp. is a top 15 solar owner-operator in the U.S. and provides customized solar solutions based on the needs of its customers. Silicon Ranch currently owns and operates Georgia’s largest solar facility in Social Circle, Ga.

Matt Kisber, president of Silicon Ranch, said: “We are honored to continue our important partnership with Green Power EMC and their members to help them fulfill their long-term goal of incorporating solar into their renewable power portfolio. The leadership and membership of Green Power EMC deserve tremendous credit for their vision and commitment to provide competitively priced, renewable power to their membership and to the state of Georgia.”

Green Power EMC was created by Georgia’s EMCs in 2001 and has been selling green energy since 2003. In addition to landfill gas generation, Green Power EMC obtains green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including low-impact hydroelectric, biomass from wood waste and solar power. EMCs that own Green Power EMC serve more than 4.1 million Georgia residents.

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