Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia electric membership corporations, has reached an agreement to purchase the full output of a new 20-megawatt solar project planned for construction in southeast Georgia.
The ground-mounted solar project will be built near Hazlehurst, in Jeff Davis County. It will be one of the largest solar generating facilities in Georgia, according to a statement from Green Power.
The solar array will occupy about 135 acres and will incorporate more than 87,000 solar modules.
Once completed, the array will generate more than 43,000 megawatt hours of renewable electricity annually. That’s enough electricity to serve about 3,000 households.
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Under an agreement with owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corp., Green Power EMC will receive all the energy produced by the solar project over a 25-year period.
Construction is scheduled to begin this year, and the facility should be ready to produce electricity in late 2015.
Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC, said the Hazlehurst project is the result of a request for proposals issued in late 2013 to add more solar energy to Green Power’s portfolio.
The company already purchases the output of two solar projects, a 115-kilowatt rooftop array near Athens and a 150-kilowatt ground-mounted array near Warner Robins.
Pratt said the project will nearly double the total renewable capacity of Green Power EMC from the current 32 megawatts to about 52 megawatts.
“This is a major solar power addition, not only to our portfolio but also to the state of Georgia,” Pratt said. “The project moves us further down the road to becoming a much more sustainable state.”
Silicon Ranch also owns and operates Georgia’s largest solar farm, located in Social Circle.
Green Power EMC was the first green energy provider in the state.
It was created by Georgia’s EMCs in 2001 and has been selling green energy since 2003.