The 20MWac Hazlehurst solar generating facility in Jeff Davis County, Georgia has been dedicated by the developer Green Power EMC, a renewable energy provider owned by 38 Georgia Electric Membership Corporations (EMCs), and Silicon Ranch Corporation, a U.S.-based renewable energy solution provider. This project is one of the largest solar generating facilities in the state.
The ground-mounted Hazlehurst project situates on a 135-acre tract and includes about 87,000 solar panels. Power output from the facility will be sold to Green Power EMC under a 25-year contract, and 27 of EMCs members will receive electricity generated by the project. Each year, the project is expected to generate more than 43,000MWh of clean energy, offsetting 30,000MT of greenhouse gas emissions.
"Solar production in Georgia is an emerging and important energy source, and we are pleased to partner with Silicon Ranch Corporation to bring utility-scale solar energy to our member EMCs," said Jeff Pratt, president of Green Power EMC.
Green Power EMC and Silicon Ranch Corporation are planning to build a 52MWac solar power plant also in Jeff Davis County and are expecting to put the new facility online in 2016. When the new facility is completed constructed, Jeff Davis County will add more than 70MWac of renewable energy capacity to its existing 30MWac portfolio.