Citizens Energy completes 28-MW solar project in Georgia

Phono Solar on Dec. 1 announced that it has delivered 28 MW (dc) of 315W 72-cell solar modules to Citizens Energy, a Boston, Massachusetts-based not-for-profit energy developer.

Phono Solar delivered 90,000 solar photovoltaic (PV) modules to Citizens Energy, owner and operator of the newly-commissioned site in Jenkins County, Georgia. Alpha Energy, a leading community scale wind and solar provider, supplied the general contracting work for the 28-MW (dc) site.

“Phono Solar was delighted to partner with Citizens on this project, making it possible to provide years of clean energy and tax revenue for the local economy,” said Bob Onofrey, Vice President of Sales for Phono Solar.

“The appetite for solar in Georgia has been steadily increasing. With current local infrastructure, state incentives and interconnection availability, Georgia is an ideal candidate for truly impactful solar projects,” said Brian Morrissey, Managing Director of Citizens Energy.

Georgia Power will be the site energy off-taker through a power purchase agreement. The site in Jenkins County has been commissioned and is producing power.

Citizens Energy had announced Nov. 18 that electricity from the Old Midville Solar Project began feeding into the transmission grid after the symbolic pulling of an electric switch by Brian Morrissey, Managing Director of Citizens Solar, and Jenkins County Commission Chairman Jerry Henry. Local business and elected leaders also attended the commissioning ceremony for the 28-MW solar farm, built on 233 acres of a closed dairy farm. The $45 million project, one of the largest investments in Jenkins County in years, created 250 construction jobs.

Power from the project’s 90,000 ground-mounted panels will produce about 45,000 megawatt hours of electricity annually. The project, permitted by the Jenkins County Development Authority, is selling all the electricity to Georgia Power in keeping with the utility’s aggressive support of renewable energy. Citizens Energy was selected by Georgia Power as a renewable energy provider through a highly competitive bid.

“We’re proud of our work with our partners here in Jenkins County to build the largest solar array to date in our portfolio of 30 projects,” said Morrissey, a Georgia native who has directed Citizens Solar’s growth over the last six years.

Phono Solar is an international leader in the design, manufacturing and supply of integrated solar PV solutions.

Citizens Solar is a division of Citizens Energy, which was founded in 1979 by former Congressman Joseph P. Kennedy II. Under Kennedy’s leadership as chairman and president, Citizens Energy has compiled a 35-year history of channeling revenues from successful energy ventures to programs that help the poor. Citizens Solar is a major developer of utility-scale solar arrays that specializes in building solar farms.

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