Satilla REMC will soon receive energy from one of the largest solar energy projects in Georgia, President and CEO Romeo Reyes announced today. Satilla REMC is one of 27 Georgia electric cooperatives that will purchase the output of the planned project for a 25-year period through Green Power EMC, the renewable energy supplier for 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs).
The ground-mounted solar array will be constructed near Hazlehurst, in Jeff Davis County, and will be one of the largest solar generating facilities in Georgia. The solar array will occupy approximately 135 acres and will incorporate over 87,000 solar modules. Once completed, the solar array will generate more than 43,000 megawatt hours of clean, renewable electricity annually.
The project is being built by owner-operator Silicon Ranch Corporation, based in Nashville, Tn. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, and the facility will be ready to produce electricity by the end of 2015. According to Reyes, the annual production of the 20 MW project is enough electricity to serve about 3,000 EMC households.
“While we look forward to having this resource as part of our generation portfolio,” said Reyes, “we are equally happy to have the actual resource itself built in one of the counties that Satilla REMC serves.”
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 EMC’s portfolio. The company already purchases the output of two solar projects, a 115 kilowatt (kW) rooftop array near Athens, and a 150 kW ground-mounted array near Warner Robins. He said the Hazlehurst project will nearly double the total renewable capacity of Green Power EMC – from the current 32 MW to about 52 MW.
“The addition of one of the largest solar projects in Georgia to our power generation portfolio demonstrates our commitment to help develop the state’s renewable resources,” said Pratt. “We are excited about this major expansion of solar energy in Georgia.”
Satilla REMC is a consumer-owned cooperative providing electricity and related services to more than 54,000 consumers in Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Coffee, Jeff Davis, Pierce, Ware and Wayne counties.
Green Power EMC is a not-for-profit cooperative founded in August 2001 to support Georgia’s EMCs in their search for Georgia renewable resources. It was the first green energy provider in the state and has been selling green energy since 2003. Its renewable portfolio includes about 32 MW of biomass, landfill gas, hydro and solar generation. The new 20 MW solar project will nearly double that amount.