New solar farm opens in Macon County

A new 1-megawatt solar farm opened Tuesday in Macon County, and it will provide enough power for more than 200 homes.

WGL Energy joined with New Energy Equity, Radiance Solar, Stion Corp. and state officials for the opening.

The facility is expected to produce more than 1,600 megawatt hours of electricity a year.

WGL Energy Systems owns and operates the facility, which was completed in April 2015.

“This newest facility is a great addition in our continued commitment to increase renewable energy capacity in the state of Georgia,” said Sanjiv Mahan, chief operating officer for WGL Energy Systems, said in a release. “WGL Energy facilities in Georgia now total more than 21 (megawatts) of capacity, reducing carbon emissions for Georgia residents while also stimulating economic growth in the state.”

Under the Georgia Power Advanced Solar Initiative, Georgia Power purchases electricity from participating solar facilities under a 20-year power purchase agreement.

The Montezuma facility, the latest WGL Energy project in Georgia Power’s program, was developed by New Energy Equity. Radiance Solar provided engineering, design and construction services and installed more than 7,000 Stion Corp. frameless thin film solar modules.