Tri-County EMC, a member-owned electric cooperative, announced Oct. 6 the commercial operation of a 1-MW community solar farm in Eatonton, Georgia.
The project was developed jointly between Tri-County EMC, Georgia Power and United Renewable Energy LLC. Tri-County EMC provides the solar energy to its participating member-owners as a credit on their bill. Tri-County EMC was formed in 1939 by farmers and homeowners in Baldwin, Jones and Putnam counties and currently serves five additional counties, totaling more than 21,000 accounts.
“Many of our members have asked for a solar option,” said Greg Mullis, Tri-County EMC Senior Vice President. “This project makes economic and environmental sense. The low-cost, low-risk development of this project has allowed us to have a solar facility right here in our community that will supply our new ‘ourSolar’ program.”
The project was developed and will be owned and maintained by Georgia Power, which has a long-standing wholesale relationship with Tri-County EMC. United Renewable Energy, an experienced solar developer, general and electrical contractor with headquarters in Georgia, assisted with the development of the project and provided Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) services on behalf of Georgia Power for the Tri-County solar facility.
“We are proud to work with Tri-County EMC to bring solar energy to hundreds of their members in the most economical way, and be competitive with almost any other type of electricity generation,” said William Silva, CEO of United Renewable Energy LLC. “Georgia Power continues to innovate and bring extremely low cost solar energy to wholesale customers in the State of Georgia.”
“We are honored to serve Tri-County EMC, and this project allows Georgia Power to leverage its nearly one gigawatt of experience in solar energy, to provide Tri-County with an easy, low cost and low risk way of bringing solar resources to its members,” said Chris Bell, Vice President of Southern Wholesale Energy, the wholesale marketing arm for Georgia Power.
The 10 acre site has over 4,200 solar panels and will generate over 2.1 million kilowatt hours per year. The facility is located adjacent to Tri-County EMC’s Eatonton District Office in Putnam County, Georgia.