Flint Energies joins huge solar project in Taylor County

Reynolds-based Flint Energies is one of three electric membership cooperatives that will buy energy credits from a huge solar project to be developed in Taylor County.

Flint Energies, Cobb EMC and Sawnee EMC will buy the entire power output of a 131-megawatt photovoltaic solar project to be constructed outside of Butler, according to a news release. The electric membership cooperatives signed the deal with Southern Co. subsidiary Southern Power.

Construction of the solar plant is expected to begin in September 2015 and reach commercial operation by the end of 2016.

The solar facility will be built on a 911-acre site -- that’s about the size of 826 football fields all tied together. The electricity generated will be sold under 25-year agreements to the cooperatives, the release stated.

“The Taylor County solar project, which will be among the largest single-site projects east of the Mississippi River, will be an important contributor to meeting future power needs of the cooperative,” Flint Energies CEO Bob Ray said in the release. “Better yet, the project is the fourth renewable generation facility located in the Flint service area that will directly contribute to meeting Flint member power demand.”

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