Georgia Will see 200 MWs of Utility-Scale Solar by 2020

Georgia Will see 200 MWs of Utility-Scale Solar by 2020

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Georgia is getting 200 megawatts of utility-scale solar, enough to power 35,000 homes annually, at four locations throughout the southeastern part of the state. That's thanks to a partnership between Green Power Electric Membership Corporations (EMC) and Silicon Ranch Corp. Green Power will purchase the solar energy from Silicon Ranch, which will own, operate and maintain the facilities. The solar plants are expected to come online by 2020.

“This 200 megawatt solar project in South Georgia is good news for Georgia’s energy sector,” said State Sen. Rick Jeffares (R). “The EMCs are showing their commitment to a balanced portfolio including renewable sources, and Georgia also welcomes the jobs and investment created by the Silicon Ranch Corp. to build and install these high tech solar panels.”A Green Power solar farm. Courtesy Green Power

The 200 megawatt collaboration builds on the partnership between Green Power and solar provider Silicon Ranch in Georgia. The companies commissioned a 20-megawatt solar farm in 2015 and recently opened a 52-megawatt project near Hazelhurst, GA. The two projects’ combined capacity supplies 30 EMCs throughout the state with low-cost solar generated electricity.

“The Georgia EMCs deserve enormous credit for their vision to provide competitively-priced, renewable power to their members,” said Green Power EMC President Jeff Pratt. “Continued improvements in solar cost and technology will help our EMCs meet their members’ interest in solar energy and maintain competitive energy costs. We are proud to partner again with Silicon Ranch to provide solar energy to them at such an affordable cost.”

Customers that sign-up for Green Power’s Solar Advantage Plan will have the opportunity to purchase energy shares from their local EMC for electricity generated at the four solar facilities, whether they are renters or homeowners. The amount their shares will vary each month based on the amount of power generated at each facility and is then credited to their monthly power bill.

Green Power is a nonprofit company that provides 38 member EMCs with renewable energy sourced from solar, wind, biomass, landfill gas and hydroelectric projects. The company has developed a total of 272 megawatts of utility-scale renewable energy projects throughout Georgia, providing more than 200,000 homes annually with clean energy.

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