Green Power EMC, participating electric membership corporations (EMCs) and Silicon Ranch Corp. on Dec. 1 joined with state and local officials and guests to dedicate a 20-MW (ac) solar facility in Jeff Davis County in southeast Georgia near Hazlehurst.
Construction was recently completed on the ground-based solar facility, which is situated on a 135-acre tract and includes about 87,000 solar panels. This is one of the largest solar generating facilities in Georgia.
The full output of the Hazlehurst solar facility is being sold under a 25-year contract to Green Power EMC, a renewable energy provider owned by 38 Georgia EMCs. Twenty-seven EMCs are receiving power from the Hazlehurst project. The solar facility is expected to produce more than 43,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable energy annually.
Silicon Ranch and Green Power EMC are also planning a second solar facility in Jeff Davis County. That project will be a 52 MW (ac) facility and is expected to go into service in 2016.
Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC, said: “Solar production in Georgia is an emerging and important energy source, and we are pleased to partner with Silicon Ranch Corporation to bring utility-scale solar energy to our member EMCs. The Hazlehurst facility and the second solar facility planned for Jeff Davis County next year will add more than 70 MWAC to our growing portfolio of renewable energy sources. This will give us more than 100 MWAC of renewable energy capacity.”
Silicon Ranch President and CEO Matt Kisber added: “Silicon Ranch is proud to be the solar partner for Green Power EMC and the Georgia EMCs. Silicon Ranch takes pride in providing the EMCs and their members competitively priced, solar-generated, renewable energy. Our solar projects provide great economic development benefits, and as long-term owners and operators our goals are aligned with the communities we serve.”
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 4.2 million Georgia residents.
Silicon Ranch Corp., one of the top 15 solar operators in the U.S., is a full-service, renewable energy provider that customizes solar solutions based upon the individual needs of its customers.