Georgia Magazine - August 2017 - 14
NEWS FROM GEORGIA'S ELECTRIC CO-OPS COMPILED BY AMY SCHNEIDER
Green Power, Silicon Ranch plan 200-megawatt solar project
ucker-based Green Power Electric Membership Corp. (EMC), the
renewable-energy supplier for 38
Georgia EMCs, and Nashville, Tenn.based Silicon Ranch Corp., one of
the nation's largest independent producers of solar power, recently announced a landmark agreement to
bring an additional 200 megawatts
(MW) of solar energy online by 2020.
The total capacity will be distributed across four locations in southern Georgia and will provide enough
low-cost, renewable power to help
serve more than 35,000 EMC households annually.
The four solar projects will be developed, funded and built by Silicon
Ranch, which will also own, operate
and maintain the arrays throughout
the life cycle of each facility. Green
Power EMC will purchase all the energy generated by the facilities on
behalf of its member EMCs.
"This 200-megawatt solar project
in South Georgia is good news for
Georgia's energy sector," says state
Sen. Rick Jeffares (R-McDonough),
chairman of the Senate Regulated Industries Committee. "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."
The new project expands the
strategic partnership between Green
Officially flipping the switch to dedicate the newest solar facility near Hazlehurst are Silicon
Ranch President and CEO Matt Kisber, left, and Green Power EMC President Jeff Pratt. Also
on hand for the ceremony are, from left, state Rep. Derrick Jackson (D-Tyrone); state Rep.
Don Parsons (R-Marietta); state Sen. Blake Tillery (R-Vidalia); Cecilia McLoon, principal of
Jeff Davis High School; U.S. Rep. Buddy Carter; Illya Copeland, executive director at the
Joint Development Authority of Jeff Davis County, Hazlehurst and Denton; state Rep. Sheila
Nelson (D-Augusta); and state Rep. Dominic LaRiccia (R-Douglas).
Power EMC and Silicon Ranch. The
pair commissioned a 20 MW solar
plant in Jeff Davis County near Hazlehurst in 2015. On April 19, they
officially dedicated a 52 MW solar energy farm, also near Hazlehurst. That
480-acre facility features technology
that allows more than 630,000 solar
panels to track the sun from east to
west and will provide enough renewable power to help serve more than
8,500 EMC households annually.
More than 30 EMCs will share in
the energy produced by these two
facilities, which together make Jeff
Davis County one of the top solar
communities in the United States.
Green Power EMC was the first
green energy provider in Georgia.
It was created by Georgia's EMCs in
2001 and has been selling green energy since 2003. In addition to solar
power, Green Power EMC obtains
green power from renewable facilities all over the state, including lowimpact hydroelectric, biomass from
wood waste and landfill gas generation. For more information, visit
-Greg Jones and Yvonne Jordan
Georgia EMC hosts annual Underground School
he training, education and safety department of Tuckerbased Georgia Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) conducted its annual Underground School April 19-21 at the
Electric Cooperative Training Center in Smarr.
Sixty-one linemen from 19 cooperatives attended
the training, which offers hands-on experience in functions related to the installation, repair and maintenance of
underground electrical lines and equipment.
The class concluded with an update on excavation laws
from Georgia 811.
Linemen from throughout the state participate in hands-on
instruction during the 2017 Georgia EMC Underground School at
the Electric Cooperative Training Center in Smarr.
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