Georgia Magazine - July 2012 - (Page 12)

COMPILED BY VICTORIA SCHARF DeCASTRO Cobb EMC touts Georgia’s largest solar project R-J-SEYMOUR / ISTOCKPHOTO.COM Competition on the line Linemen from across Georgia competed in reallife scenarios at the 18th annual Georgia Lineman’s Rodeo May 5 at Chehaw Park in Albany. Events included the 5-Foot Steel Cross-arm Change, 10Foot Wooden Cross-arm Change Out, A-3 Suspension Bell Change Out and Hurt-Man Rescue. Winners are as follows: Overall Journeyman Team winners: First place: Team No. 22 GreyStone Power—Josh Jones, Tony Brown, Patrick LeCroy; second place: Team No. 8 GreyStone Power—Sam Albright, Taylor Shadrix, Cobb EMC lineman Scott Lyons puts his skills to the test in the Hurt-Man Rescue event. Cobb EMC’s Overall Journeyman Team No. 3 placed fourth in the competition. Smart Energy Capital, a solar development and finance company, and Jacoby Development, a redeveloper in the Southeast, have signed a power purchase agreement with Cobb Electric Membership Corp. (EMC) in Marietta to provide generation from the Azalea Solar Facility, the largest solar power plant being built in Georgia, according to Cobb EMC. The 10-megawatt (MW) photovoltaic, ground-mounted project will be built in Washington County and is expected to be completed by the end of 2012. It will create up to 75 local construction jobs, say the companies involved. Under terms of the agreement, Smart Energy Capital and Jacoby Development will sell all the power from Azalea Solar to Cobb EMC through a 25-year, power purchase agreement. In connection with their work on the project, the companies will utilize the services of CBRE Solar—a strategic collaboration between CBRE Inc., the largest commercial real estate services company in the U.S., and Smart Energy Capital. “Cobb EMC is pleased to add this new solar generation to our distributed energy mix,” says Cobb EMC President and CEO Chip Nelson. “When we can add renewable energy to our mix without causing significant cost increases to our members, we are glad to do so.” 12 Charles Camp; third place: Team No. 17 GreyStone Power— Matt Ingram, Shane Crider, Jared Childers. Overall Apprentice winners: First place: Adam Simmons, Walton EMC; second place: Chris Knight, Walton EMC; third place: Marcus Aldridge, GreyStone Power. JIM JESS Wearing green shirts to show their support, Carroll EMC employees celebrate Earth Day. Celebrating Earth Day in style In honor of Earth Day 2012, Carrollton-based Carroll Electric Membership Cooperative demonstrated the cooperative principle of “concern for community” by participating in the Keep Carroll Beautiful Electronics Recycling Event in Carrollton April 14. The electric cooperative and individMore online at ual employees donated two carloads of electronic items to recycle. On April 20, the employees wore special green shirts to show their appreciation for Earth Day and enjoyed “green” goodies in the break room. The co-op also held a children’s coloring contest for a $10 prize drawing. GEORGIA MAGAZINE KELLY HESTER / CARROLL EMC http://www.ISTOCKPHOTO.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2012

Georgia Magazine - July 2012
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Unveiling a Healthier Georgia
A Soldier’s Wish
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks

Georgia Magazine - July 2012